Eric Hugh Montgomery of Montgomery 

Sovereign Grand Commander (1972 - Present) 

Eric Hugh Montgomery, known as Hugh Montgomery became Grand Commander of the Order in 1984. When he took command there were very few members mainly as a result of the ravages of two World Wars, indeed after the Second World War there were only three members. The last SGC had been King Leopold of Belgium while exiled in England but after he returned to Belgium took no further active part in the Order. Leopold’s deputy was John Montgomery uncle of the current SGC and he continued to run the Order until his death when all the papers and records where passed over to Hugh’s cousin another John Montgomery who subsequently passed them over to Hugh when he became SGC. Until that time the Fleur de Lys had been a hereditary Order confined to about sixty-four Scottish and European families mainly Scottish and French in origin. Because members of these families showed little interest in being a part of the Order at that time, Hugh decided to open it up to non family members. 
 
Eric Hugh Montgomery born on 18th November 1938 was the second son of Sir Robert Mortimer Montgomery KC a barrister, treasurer of the Inner Temple, Recorder of Chester from 1926- 1948, School Administrator, legal writer, Liberal party politician and his second wife Zilla Mary (nee Stevenson), the family home being in Highgate, North London. He was initially educated at the Dragon School Oxford (whose Alumni include the poet John Betjemen, the historian Antonia Fraser, the Labour Party Leader Hugh Gaitskill and two sons of JRR Tolkien and later at Highgate School North London (where the priest poet Gerald Manley Hopkins was also educated and the Nobel Prize winning poet T.S.Elliott taught John Betjemen). Following his A level results Hugh gained admission to Kings College London in order to study law. However, he was quickly called up for National Service, granted a National Service Commission which subsequently became a Short Service Commission and was attached initially to the Royal Scots Greys where he served with the Duke of Kent. His service took him to Malaya (where he was temporarily assigned to the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles) and Cyprus, latterly with the 1st Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. In 2007 the SGC was honoured by being presented with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal by the Military Attaché of the Malaysian High Commission, the award being given to veterans as a thank you for helping Malaya to Independence. 
 
Following his army service Hugh worked abroad for several British companies, conducting business operations in the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Hugh married his first wife Edith Elizabeth Schubert-Klein of Santiago, Chile in 1960 and returned with her to Chile. There are two children of this marriage Karin Sylvia born in 1961 and Robert-Ian born in 1965. The couple were divorced in 1975. 
 
All in all, he spent ten years in Latin America, seven years in Africa, two in the Far East and two in the Middle East. Between 1974 and 1976 he was an external student at Sussex College of Technology. He was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Audiology in South Africa for his invention, design and production of the first Mobile Industrial Audiometric testing booth while working for EMI (who still hold the patent). In 1994 he was awarded a diploma in contract law from the University of Wolverhampton. 
 
For a number of years Hugh held the position of Professor and President of the Megatrend University of Applied Sciences in Belgrade Serbia where he lectured in history, economics and politics. It was at that time Hugh wrote his professorial paper “The Montgomery Millennium, The Norman Families and the Conquest of England “which was submitted to the University of Belgrade. He was formerly a Director of Nucleus Agency Ltd and became secretary of West London Business School a wholly owned subsidiary of the Megatrend University. A founding fellow of the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and speaks German French and Spanish. In 2010 Hugh was awarded the European Universities Gold medal for his personal contribution to European Education and Culture. 
 
Upon his retirement from his post in Serbia, Hugh took up residence in the Staffordshire town of Uttoxeter where he became a local councillor and was instrumental in that town becoming a “Portas Pilot” town, implementing the recommendations of Mary Portas regarding urban renewal. He subsequently served as the town’s Mayor. Following a triple heart by pass Hugh retired from politics but in 2015 following his operation started working with the British Heart Foundation and assisted his wife Hermione to set up the “Uttoxeter Heart Support Group.” The group supports patients with heart conditions with advice and support being given by people who have had first hand experience. This group has also provided new heart monitors for the town’s leisure centre where heart patients go for rehabilitation as well as raising funds to help provide more equipment for the community. 
 
Hugh Montgomery is also a published scholar of medieval history; in addition to publishing “The Montgomery Millennium” which charted his own family history back to Roger Montgomery and the Dukes of Normandy who invaded England in 1066 he has also produced a four book series on the God Kings of England and Europe, tracing the descendants of Jesus through the Odonic and Davidic dynasties. 
 
During his tenure as Sovereign Grand Commander the Order has grown considerably, there are now seven companies and with new postulants being admitted, this year the Order will have over two hundred Members. 

Find out more about our past Sovereign and Grand Commanders 

Leopold of the Belgians 1914-1972 

Leopold of the Belgians  1914-1972

Robert Hamilton of Hamilton 1900-1914 

Robert Hamilton of Hamilton 1900-1914

Robert Dundas of Braxfield 1875-1900 

Robert Dundas of Braxfield 1875-1900

Louis Napoleon 1862-1875 

Louis Napoleon 1862-1875

Archibald Montgomery of Eglinton and Winton 1838-1862 

Archibald Montgomery of Eglinton and Winton 1838-1862

Robert Montgomery of Comber 1825-1838 

Robert Montgomery of Comber 1825-1838

George Beaumont 1815-1825 

George Beaumont 1815-1825

Hugh Montgomery of Grey Abbey 1800-1815 

Hugh Montgomery of Grey Abbey 1800-1815

Maximilian von Hapsburg 1768-1800 

Maximilian von Hapsburg 1768-1800

Alexander Montgomerie of Eglinton 1757-1768 

Alexander Montgomerie of Eglinton 1757-1768

Thomas Erskine Lord Erskine 1746-1757 

John Erskine of Mar 1746-1757

Charles Radclyffe of Derwentwater 1730-1746 

Charles Radclyffe of Derwentwater 1730-1746

John Erskine of Mar 1716-1730 

John Erskine of Mar  1716-1730

Hugh Montgomery of Mount Alexander 1689-1716 

Hugh Montgomery of Mount Alexander 1689-1716

John Graham of Claverhouse 1675-1689 

John Graham of Claverhouse 1675-1689

Henri de la Tour Bouillon 1640-1675 

Henri de la Tour Bouillon 1640-1675

Charles de Guise 1595-1640 

Charles de Guise 1595-1640

Robert de St. Clair 1585-1595 

Robert de St. Clair 1585-1595

David de Seton 1572-1585 

David de Seton 1572-1585

Hugh Montgomerie of Eglinton 1556-1572 

Hugh Montgomerie of Eglinton  1556-1572

Ferrante de Gonzaga 1527-1556 

Ferrante de Gonzaga 1527-1556

Charles de Bourbon-Montpensier 1508-1527 

Charles de Bourbon-Montpensier 1508-1527

Rene de Lorraine 1485-1508 

Rene de Lorraine 1485-1508

FCO. Ludovico Sforza di Milano 1480-1485 

FCO. Ludovico Sforza di Milano 1480-1485

John de Montgomery Grand Commander 1439-1445 

John de Montgomery 1439-1445

Cosimo de Medici Banker & Paymaster 1439-1480 

Cosimo de Medici 1439-1480

Rene I King of Jerusalem and the 2 Sicilies 1439-1480 

Rene I King of Jerusalem and the 2 Sicilies 1439-1480
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