Ronald Nall-Cain, 2nd Baron Brocket

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Arthur Ronald Nall Nall-Cain, 2nd Baron Brocket (4 August 1904 – 24 March 1967) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Born into a millionaire brewing family, Nall-Cain was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, where he captained the golf team. He became a barrister and a Hertfordshire County Councillor. He was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool Wavertree at a by-election in 1931,[1] and was a close associate of Neville Chamberlain. The title of Baron Brocket had been created for his father Charles Nall-Cain, a baronet and Justice of the Peace in 1933. Arthur Nall-Cain succeeded a year later and was elevated to the House of Lords.

Brocket inherited two grand houses: Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire and Bramshill Park, in Hampshire. In the 1930s, he bought the Knoydart estate in Lochaber, Scotland, and became an infamous[2] absentee landlord, opposing the rights of crofters and dismissing and evicting workers, preferring the estate for shooting and fishing. He eventually owned 13,000 acres (53 km²) in England and 62,000 in Scotland. Brocket became known in society as a Nazi sympathiser.[3] He became a committed member of the Anglo-German Fellowship, and his homes were used for entertaining supporters of Germany.

So identified was Brocket with the cause of Nazi Germany that he attended Hitler's 50th birthday celebration in 1939,[4] and was a close friend of Joachim von Ribbentrop. According to Neville Chamberlain, Foreign Secretary, the Earl of Halifax used Brocket as a conduit to convey the views of the British government to the leading German Nazis.

After the outbreak of World War II, Brocket continued to work for an understanding between Britain and Germany. He urged a negotiated peace settlement and tried to arrange talks with Hitler. He had a contact with Hermann Göring through a Swedish intermediary called Bengt Berg. Brocket worked closely with the historian Arthur Bryant, who shared his views and helped bring the negotiations to the attention of the Foreign Office. However, Brocket was informed that the proposal to grant Germany control over Poland and Czechoslovakia was not acceptable to the British government.[citation needed]

After the War, in 1948, some returning soldiers (the so-called Seven Men of Knoydart), who had fought the Nazis, decided to stake their claim to a portion of the Knoydart estate in a land raid, but they were taken to court by Brocket and dispossessed.[5] Brocket sold the Knoydart estate shortly afterwards. In 1949, he bought the Carton House estate in Ireland.

Marriage & progeny[edit]

In 1927, Brocket married Angela Beatrix Pennyman, younger daughter of Rev. Preb. William Geoffrey Pennyman of Ormesby Hall in Yorkshire.[6] By his wife he had progeny including:


  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  2. ^ Knoydart Foundation. "Past Times". Knoydart Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  3. ^ Stewart, David. "Parliamentary Debates". Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  4. ^ Callan, Paul. "Hitler's Aristocratic Admirers". Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  5. ^ Goodwin, Stephan (23 January 1999). "Knoydart bereft by exit of saviour". London: The Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  6. ^ Montague-Smith, P.W. (ed.), Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, Kelly's Directories Ltd, Kingston-upon-Thames, 1968, p.178
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.178
  8. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.178
  9. ^
  10. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.178
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Tinné
Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree
Succeeded by
Joseph Cleary
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Nall-Cain
Baron Brocket
Succeeded by
Charles Nall-Cain