Marquess of Bath evicts younger brother

THE Marquess of Bath has ordered his younger brother, Lord Christopher Thynne, to leave his Longleat Estate cottage by Christmas Eve.

Lord Christopher was sacked as estate comptroller by Lord Bath in July, less than a month after their father's death, amid bitter acrimony.

He has been served with a notice of eviction from The Hermitage, a mile from Longleat House, near Warminster, Wiltshire.

Lord Christopher was last night with his wife at her two-bedroomed cottage in Quenington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. At the time of his dismissal Lord Christopher said: 'I just don't know what will happen about my house because it belongs to the estate. I just hope I will be allowed to stay there.'