The Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

Dame Ingrid M Roscoe BA, PhD, FSA

Dame Ingrid Roscoe Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire

Dame Ingrid Roscoe Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire

Ingrid Roscoe was born at Rugby School on 27 May 1944. Her father, Dr Arthur Allen, a wartime squadron-leader in the RAF, was in Devon with the forces being mobilised for D-Day. Her future god-father, a house-master at Rugby and a school friend of Arthur, provided a refuge for Ingrid’s mother, Else. In the impulsive manner of the times, Else had come to England from Sweden in February 1940, to marry a man she had met only three times, boarding the last civilian ship to make it safely across the North Sea. Arthur Allen died during Ingrid’s childhood and in 1958 her mother married a Yorkshire industrialist, Brigadier Kenneth Hargreaves (Lord-Lieutenant 1970-78) and the family moved to Wetherby. She studied English for a year at Nottingham University and jettisoned her degree to marry a Yorkshireman, Marshall Roscoe, at the age of 19. The couple settled near Wetherby and have three children. Ingrid started to become involved in voluntary activities as a young mother, first locally and then nationally, choosing principally to support arts-orientated causes. She began to publish articles on aspects of the fine and applied arts.

In 1980, with her children all settled at school, she enrolled at the University of Leeds, where she took a BA in the Fine and Decorative Arts and then a PhD on aspects of eighteenth-century British sculpture. This was adapted for publication by the Walpole Society. She lectured at Leeds University through most of the 1990s and took on co-editorship of a learned journal, whilst continuing to publish on British sculpture. Since 2000 she has been committed to a major project as editor-in-chief and co-author of A Biographical Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851, published by Yale University Press in 2009. Critics have described this as “magisterial” and an essential aid to scholars in the field.

Ingrid was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 1994, Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 1999 and became the first lady Lord-Lieutenant in the north of England in 2004. She was High Steward of Selby Abbey from 2000 to 2008. She was until recently a trustee of York Minster and also Honorary Colonel of Leeds University OTC. She is a trustee of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, is a Dame of the Order of St John and has honorary degrees from the universities of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett and Bradford. She is an honorary fellow of Bradford College. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary degree from her alma mater, the University of Leeds.

Dame Ingrid Roscoe Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire

Dame Ingrid Roscoe Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire

Dame Roscoe holds a number of other voluntary positions, of which the following are a selection:

  • Patron of the Prince’s Trust for West Yorkshire
  • Patron of the National Mining Museum
  • President of the Royal British Legion in West Yorkshire
  • Patron of Yorkshire Historic Churches
  • Patron of the Safe Anchor Trust
  • Patron, Emma Maltby Memorial Fund
  • President of Calderdale Community Foundation
  • Patron of the Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association
  • President of the Leeds Philharmonic Society
  • Member of the Governing Council, University of Huddersfield
  • President, West Yorkshire Scouts
  • Vice President, Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, Yorkshire and The Humber
  • Patron, West Riding Woodcarvers
  • Patron, Second Chance Headway
  • Patron, Huddersfield Choral Society

Involvement in her family, which now includes 8 lively grandchildren, is a joyful mainstay of her private life. Other particular enthusiasms are British history, Shakespeare’s plays, the Visual Arts and Architecture, fresh air and exercise, but she also loves a good party. Her favourite writers are probably George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Ian McEwan and she finds the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and T S Eliot particularly satisfying.