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Laurence Michael Harvey Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, KBE (28 September 1906 – 5 July 1979) was an Irish peer. He was the son of William Edward Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse, whom he succeeded in 1918, and Frances Lois Lister-Kaye, daughter of Sir Cecil Edmund Lister-Kaye, 4th Bt. and Lady Beatrice Adeline Pelham-Clinton. His brother was Desmond Parsons.
Lord Rosse was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford (B.A., 1929; M.A. 1931). At Oxford John Sutro conceived the Railway Club, which was dominated by Harold Acton. The other members included: Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, David Plunket Greene, Edward Henry Charles James Fox-Strangways, 7th Earl of Ilchester, Brian Howard, Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, Patrick Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, John Drury-Lowe. The members of the Railway Club dined in black-tie aboard the Penzance-Aberdeen Express between Oxford and Leicester.
Lord Rosse fought in the Second World War, reaching the rank of Captain in the Irish Guards. He was appointed Member, Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in 1945. Lord Rosse held the office of Vice-Chancellor of Dublin University between 1949 and 1964 and was Pro-Chancellor of Dublin University between 1965 and 1979. He was elected a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (F.S.A.), and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (F.R.A.S). He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) in the 1974 New Year Honours. Lord Rosse was active in the National Trust.
Railway Club at Oxford, conceived by John Sutro, dominated by Harold Acton. (Left to right) Back: Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, Henry Weymouth, David Plunket Greene, Harry Stavordale, Brian Howard. Middle row: Michael Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, Patrick Balfour, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, Johnny Drury-Lowe. Front: porters.
Rosse married Anne Messel, daughter of Lt.-Col. Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel and Maud Frances Sambourne, on 19 September 1935. They had two children: Brendan Parsons, 7th Earl of Rosse (born 21 October 1936), married Alison Margaret Cooke-Hurle, daughter of Major John Davey Cooke-Hurle and had issue. Hon. Desmond Oliver Martin Parsons (23 December 1938 – 16 July 2010), married Aline Edwina Macdonald, daughter of George Alexander Macdonald and had issue. Anne Messel, by her first marriage to Ronald Armstrong-Jones, was the mother of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, who in 1960 married The Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
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