A PROMINENT Yorkshire landowner who has served as High Sheriff and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire has died aged 91.

Sir Nigel Forbes Adam was the third son of Colin Forbes Adam, former chairman of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, and was educated at Aysgarth prep school before going on to study at Eton and Cambridge.

Read more: Charity shop thief who masturbated in public is banned from Durham's streets

After National Service, he worked in advertising and for the Hargreaves Group of Companies, before taking charge of Escrick Park Estate, between York and Selby, when he was 30.

The estate has been in the hands of the Forbes Adam family for over 350-years.

Sir Nigel also had a distinguished career in local government, agriculture and the arts in Yorkshire, as well as being a JP and High Sheriff and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

He had four children; Charlie, Titus, Pip and Harry with his first wife Toppet, before he married Malise Ropner in 1987.

His eldest son Charlie now becomes the sixth Baronet.

Charlie said: “My father was always ready with a friendly hello and a very warm welcome; he was a generous host and also a great guest.

"He loved people and hugely enjoyed amusing and knowledgeable conversations. He had great comic timing.

“Equally though, he had a tremendous sense of civic duty: He used to say to me often that there was no privilege without responsibility and he was wise and perceptive when the occasion demanded.  

"He was cultured and cultivated, yet he also loved all aspects of rural life. 

The Northern Echo:

Nigel Forbes Adam, left, and Reverend Sir Timothy Forbes Adam cut the blue ribbon at the Derwent Light Valley Railway Centenary celebrations back in 2013 Picture: Frank Dwyer

“Crucially, and I think this was his greatest asset, he gave those around him the precious gift of loving life – with his light, funny self-deprecating touch.

"It is no surprise that PG Wodehouse was his favourite author.”

He added: “He was comparatively young when he took over the running of the estate.

"As the third son, it was something he wasn’t expecting. But he looked after the estate with diligence and love and, as a family, we are very proud of his intelligent guardianship.”

Sir Nigel also leaves four stepchildren, six grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, one great grandchild and two step great-grand-children.

His funeral will take place at Skipwith Church at noon on Wednesday January 26.


Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also follow our dedicated North Yorkshire Facebook page for all the latest in the area by clicking here.

For all the top news updates from right across the region straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

Have you got a story for us? Contact our newsdesk on newsdesk@nne.co.uk or contact 01325 505054