Stephen Sebag-MontefioreBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4489 (Published 08 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4489
- Simon Sebag-Montefiore, London
Stephen Sebag-Montefiore was the son of Colonel Eric Sebag-Montefiore and Audrey Haldin. His father, nicknamed Colonel Blood for his irrepressibly expletive laden stentorian boom (and for once chasing a fellow officer around the mess with a naked sword), was a landowner, soldier, and Master of Foxhounds. Stephen and his sister Sonia spent his first years in India but were brought up in a rare hybrid of Jewish and English traditions.
Born into the so called cousinhood of Jewish banking families, Sebag-Montefiore was a great great nephew of Sir Moses Montefiore, the Italian born Victorian baronet and philanthropist, who was the brother in law and partner of N M Rothschild; and great grandson of the banker Sir Joseph Sebag-Montefiore. His maternal grandparents were Sir Herbert and Lady Leon, who lived at Bletchley Park, where he often stayed …