David Tennant (aristocrat)
|Intro||British aristocrat and socialite|
|Birth||22 May 1902|
|Death||8 April 1968 (aged 65 years)|
The Hon. David Pax Tennant (22 May 1902 – 8 April 1968) was a British aristocrat and socialite, and the founder of the Gargoyle Club in London's Soho.
David Tennant was the son of Edward Tennant, who became Lord Glenconner in 1911, and the writer Pamela Wyndham, Lady Glenconner and later the wife of Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon.
He was the younger brother of the war poet Edward Wyndham Tennant and the socialite Stephen Tennant; Margot Asquith, author and second wife of the Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith, was his paternal aunt.
Tennant founded the Gargoyle Club, a private members' club on the upper floors of 69 Dean Street, Soho, London in 1925. There were lavish interiors, some by Henri Matisse, and regular patrons included Fred Astaire, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. It closed in 1978.
Tennant worked at the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1924 to 1929 as an announcer, in 1943 he re-joined the BBC as a home announcer.
From 1939 Tennant served as an officer in the Royal Artillery until he was invalided out in 1941.
In 1928, he married the actress Hermione Baddeley. They had two children, a son, David Tennant, and a daughter Pauline Laetitia Tennant (1929–2008). Pauline was an actress and a poet, and married three times: the anthropologist Julian Pitt-Rivers; Euan Douglas Graham, grandson of the 5th Duke of Montrose; and Sir Anthony Rumbold, 10th Baronet. Tennant and Baddeley divorced in 1937, but remained good friends.
In 1938, Tennant married Virginia Penelope Parsons, the daughter of Alan Parsons and Viola Tree (daughter of the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree). They had two daughters, Georgia Tennant in 1941 and Sabrina Tennant in 1943. They divorced in 1953, and Virginia married Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, thus becoming the Marchioness of Bath.
He later married Shelagh Rainey, daughter of Marion Wrottesley and sister of the fashion designer Michael Rainey.
Tennant died in Spain on 8 April 1968 aged 65.