The Earl of Clancarty
THE 8TH EARL OF CLANCARTY, who has died aged 83, devoted his life to propagating belief in flying saucers.
Clancarty claimed that lie could trace his descent from 63,000BC, when beings from other planets had landed on Earth in spaceships. Most humans, he said, were descended from these aliens: "This accounts for all the different colour skins we've got here," he said in 1981.
A few of these early aliens did not come from space, he explained, but emerged through tunnels from a civilisation which "still existed beneath the Earth's crust."
There were seven or eight of these tunnels altogether, one at the North Pole, another at the South Pole, and others in such places as Tibet. "I haven't been down there myself," Clancarty said, "but from what I gather [these beings] are very advanced."
He once produced a satellite photograph showing a large circular blob in the North Polar ice which, he said, was the entrance to one of the tunnels. He remained adamant even when it was pointed out to him that he was looking at part of his camera.
When Clancarty addressed a 1981 meeting of the British Unidentified Flying Objects Research Association, its chairman rebuked reporters for laughing at Lord Clancarty's views: "We are tired of people treating us as a joke. We are serious people and this as a serious subject."
Clancarty said that most of the aliens who were still arriving from space (and from the centre of the Earth) were friendly. But then he pointed to the sky and added: "I'm told there is one hostile lot."
For years he was frustrated in his desire to see a flying saucer. He installed a UFO detector in the bedroom wall at his flat in South Kensington, but with disappointing results.
"It did buzz one Saturday afternoon," he said, "but when I rushed out I found that the sky was cloudy and completely overcast. Presumably it was above the cloud."
At last he spotted his first and last UFO: "It was an eerie white light zigzagging over South Kensington," he recalled. "I had to climb into the kitchen sink to get a good look at it through the window."
The fifth son of the 5th Earl of Clancarty, William Francis Brinsley Le Poer Trench was born on Sept 18, 1911 and educated at the Nautical College, Pangbourne.
In the 1950s he edited the Flying Saucer Review and founded the International Unidentified Object Observer Corps. He also found employment selling advertising space for a gardening magazine housed opposite Waterloo Station; office wags pointed out that Trench earned his renown by gazing at space and his living by selling it.
When he succeeded to the earldom (created in 1803) on the death of his half-brother in 1975 Lord Clancarty founded a UFO Study Group at the House of Lords, and introduced Flying Saucer Review to its library. Four years later he organised a celebrated debate on UFOs which attracted many speeches on both sides of the question. Lord Strabolgi, for the Government, declared that there was nothing to convince him that any alien spacecraft had ever visited the Earth.
Lord Clancarty's books, written under the name Brinsley Le Poer Trench, included The Sky People (1960), Men Among Mankind (1962), Forgotten Heritage (1964), The Flying Saucer Story (1966), Operation Earth (1969), The Eternal Subject (1973), and Secret of the Ages (1974).
He married first, in 1940 (dissolved 1947), Diana, daughter of Sir William Younger, Bt. He married secondly, in 1961 (dissolved 1969), Mrs Wilma Belknap. He married thirdly, in 1974, Mrs Mildred Spong, who died in 1975. He married fourthly, in 1976, Mrs May Beasley. The heir to the earldom is his nephew Nicholas Power Richard Le Poer Trench (born 1952).
Source: Daily Telegraph, 22 May 1995
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The Earl of Clancarty
A memorial service for the Earl of Clancarty was held yesterday at St Michael's, Chester Square, SW1. The Rev Christopher Guinness officiated and gave the address. Lord Ashtown read the lesson and Mr Nicholas Trench (nephew) paid tribute to Lord Clancarty. Those present were: The Countess of Clancarty (widow), Mr and Mrs Brian Smith, Mr Anthony Smith, Mr Philip Smith; Lord Strabolgi, Lord Abinger, Lord Gainford, Lady Marley, Sir David and the Hon Lady Roche, the Princess of Pless.
Mr Christopher Perry, representing the Founder President of the Aetherius Society, Mr William Blackwell, Mrs Anthea Hickey, Dr and Mrs B. Finch, Mrs Norman Patinson, Mr John Pattinson, Mr Timothy Good, Mrs James Musker, Mrs L. Mackintosh-Walker, Mme P. Henault, Mrs C. Bellord, Dr David Hay, Major and Mrs James Johnston, Miss Donna Evans, Miss Carol Hutchinson and Mrs Ann Read.
Source: Daily Telegraph, 28 June 1995
For more information on Brinsley Le Poer Trench, see his Wikipedia entry.