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Inevitably, whilst searching for members of the family, familiar and not so familiar names come up, and to aid those who may be following the same path, here are notes about others who carry the Heseltine name.

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Sir William Heseltine

Sir William Heseltine graduated from UWA with first class honours in History and then served in the Commonwealth Public Service, in the Prime Minister's Department, from 1951 to 1962. Among other offices, he was Private Secretary to Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies from 1955 to 1959, and Acting Official Secretary to the Governor-General in 1963.

He was a member of the Royal Household for 27 years, serving as Press Secretary to The Queen from 1968 to 1972, and as Private Secretary and Keeper of HM's Archives from 1986 to 1990. He retired to Australia in 1990, since when he has been Chairman of NZI Insurance Australia Ltd from 1992 to 1998, a board member (and, since 1998, Deputy Chairman) of P. & O Australia Ltd., and a board member of West Coast Telecasters from 1991 to 1996. He was President of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society from 1998 to 2000.

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of the University by Murdoch University in 1992. He became a member of the Senate in 2000, and is a member of the Audit Committee.

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James Heseltine (1711-63)

James Heseltine was born about 1692, and died in Durham 20 June 1763

He married Frances Wheler in the Cathedral Church 24 February1729. There were no children.

In January 1711 James Hesletine of London was appointed organist, aged 19, at a salary of £70 per annum from Lady Day that year, increased to £100 in 1750.

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Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine

1974 - Minister for Aerospace


Michael Heseltine was born March 21, 1933, and is a politician and businessman. He was born in Swansea, Wales. He is a patron of the Tory Reform Group He was educated at Shrewsbury School and then attended Pembroke College, Oxford He owns, or owned,  the publishing company 'Haymarket', which chiefly publishes magazines.

He became an MP in 1966 when he was elected as member for Tavistock in Devon. Following the Conservative victory in the General Election in 1970, he was promoted to the ranks of government by the then Prime Minister Edward Heath.

In opposition during the 1974 - 1979 period he became Shadow Industry Secretary. He also became notorious following an incident in 1976 in the House of Commons during the debate on measures introduced by the 1974 - 1979 Quick Facts about Labour Government to  nationalise the shipbuilding and aerospace industries. Accounts of exactly what happened vary, but the most colourful image portrayed Michael Heseltine seizing the  mace  and brandishing it towards Labour left-wingers who were celebrating winning the vote by singing the Red Flag, his long fair hair flowing behind him. Michael subsequently acquired the nickname Tarzan.

He was appointed to the cabinet of  Margaret Thatcher as Secretary of State for the Environment in 1979. He was sent in as a trouble-shooter to deal with the explosion of violence in the inner cities  in the aftermath of the and Toxteth riots during the early 1980s He then served as Defence Secretary from 1983 until 1986, when he resigned over the bitter dispute over Westland Helicopters known as the Westland crisis.

He retired to the backbenches where he became increasingly critical of Margaret Thatcher's performance as Prime Minister. He challenged her for the leadership of the Conservative Party in November 1990, but the contest was eventually won by John Major. He returned to government as Secretary of State for the Environment (with particular responsibility for replacing the poll tax, later as and then He was also an early key enthusiast for the Millennium Dome.

After Labour won the 1997 election, he was unable to stand for the Conservative Party leadership again because of health problems, but he became active in promoting the benefits for Britain of joining the single European Currency, appearing on the same stage as  Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Robin Cook as part of an all-party campaign to promote  Euro membership.

He resigned his Henley-on-Thames constituency at the 2001 Election but remained outspoken on British politics. He was given a life peerage as Baron Heseltine, of Thenford in the County of Northamptonshire.

In December 2002 Michael Heseltine controversially called for Iain Duncan Smith to be replaced as leader of the Conservatives by the "dream-ticket" of Kenneth Clarke as leader and Michael Portillo as deputy. He suggested the party's MPs vote on the matter, rather than party members as currently required by party rules, this matter being re-debated again in 2005.

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Arthur Heseltine

. Portrait d ‘Arthur Heseltine par Sir John Lavery .

Après des études artistiques en Angleterre, Arthur Heseltine arrive à Paris en 1873 où il devint l'élève de Carolus Duran. Durant les années 1874-1875, il logea à l'hôtel Chevillon à Grez où il côtoya les autres artistes du lieu. A partir de 1883, il s'installa à Marlotte avec son épouse la sculptrice Célie-Caroline née Guillet, belle-soeur de Jean-Charles Cazin, le fondateur en 1889 avec Carolus Duran et John Postle Heseltine, frère d'Arthur, de la Société des Beaux-Arts.  Il demeura à Marlotte jusqu'à sa mort.

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