1987 - 1990 Masters Richard Thorpe, Peter Nathan & Malcolm Hollins

Master 1987 - Richard Malin Thorpe was born in 1926 at Titsey Court, Limpsfield, Surrey, where his father, Past Master Bernard Thorpe, was resident land-agent to the Leveson-Gower family.

His education was at Neville House, Eastbourne, Cranleigh and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtain his Master of Arts degree.  During the 1939-45 War he served in the Irish Guards.  He married Alice Adlam in December 1948, and they have one son Malin, who was a Liveryman of the Company and a grandson Richard, who was apprenticed to the Company in his grandfather's year of office.  Unfortunately neither continued their membership of the Company.

Richard's main sporting interest was riding and he was Master of the West Kent Hunt for 13 seasons.  Alice and Richard had owned various classes of thoroughbreds with varying degrees of success, but they were very successful breeders of winning thoroughbreds from Somerhill Stud, Tonbridge. All the family enjoyed country sports.

Richard was a Chartered Surveyor and in 1973 became the Senior Partner of his family firm, Bernard Thorpe and Partners.

His outside interests included serving on the Executive Council of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Finance and General Purposes Committee.  Previously he had been a Kent County Councillor and District Councillor.  Richard civic duties after this included being President of his constituency Conservative Association at Tunbridge Wells, President of his local Conservative Association at Southborough and Churchwarden of St Lawrence Church, Bidborough.  He was also a member of the Carlton, Oriental and city Livery Clubs as well as a Member of the Lodge of Love and Friendship.

Master 1989 - Peter Geoffrey Nathan, OBE DL MA was born on 27th July 1929 in London where his father practised as a Chartered Accountant.  He was educated at Summer Fields, Charterhouse, Oriel College, Oxford and the University of Paris.  After completing his National Service in the Royal Navy, he became articled to Past Master Leslie Cork in Solicitors, Herbert Oppenheimer, Nathan & Vandyk where at age 30 he started a period of 29 years as a partner.  In late 1988 he became a Consultant with solicitors, Boodle Hatfield, also in London.  In May 1970 Peter married Caroline (nee Mullen).  At the time of their marriage Caroline was serving as a probation officer and had trained as a nurse before becoming Domestic Secretary at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  Peter was very proud that in the course of his year in office three of their children, Arabella, Venetia and Hugo all became apprenticed in the Company; their fourth child, Anthony, was at that time only eight.

For many years Peter has been a Council member of the British Heart Foundation and a Trustee of Oriel College Development Trust.  He is a member of Broad Street Ward Club, as well as City Livery, City University, Vincent's (Oxford) and Oriental Clubs.

Peter's main sporting interests are riding and cricket.  He hunted for well over 50 seasons, joined the M.C.C. as a playing member in 1953,  is Chairman of the Butterflies Cricket Club, and has been Chairman of the London Playing Field Society since 1984.

Peter's family have been much involved in City life.  His father and brother, Michael, were Masters of the Glass Sellers' Company, his paternal uncle, the first Lord Nathan, a member of the Company's Court and Master of the Gardeners' and Pattenmakers' Companies.  His cousin, Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen, married to another cousin of his, was Lord Mayor in 1961 when Peter became a Freeman of the City and a Liveryman.  Another cousin, the present Lord Nathan, was Master of the Gardeners' Companies and a maternal uncle, Ronald Simon, when Chairman of the Corporation of London's Music Committee, was one of those responsible for steering through the Barbican Arts Centre scheme.  A grandmother and great-aunt, daughters of a great-grandfather, Hyman Montagu, who became Master of the Farriers' Company in 1891, took part at The Mansion House in the Mayoralty's 700th celebrations of 1889, dancing in Quadrilles illustrating costumes and characters of centuries since the first Mayoralty.

Peter G Nathan was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the 1998 New Year Honours.

Malcolm J Hollins, MCSP - Master 1990