Lucan was born in 1934, as the first son of the 6th Earl of Lucan and studied at Eton before serving in the Coldstream Guards between 1953 and 1955.
During his life, the Earl was famous for his love of gambling and often frequented the famous Clermont club. After working at a merchant bank, he left to become a professional gambler due to his skill at backgammon and bridge.
Seen as a real character in London, Lucan was famous for his love of fast cars and power boats. At one point he was even considered for the role of James Bond.
in 1963, Lord Lucan married Veronica Duncan, before separating in 1972. After a public battle over child custody and gambling losses, Lucan began to be heavily affected personally and in his finances.
On the evening of the 7th November, 1974, the Lucan children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett was murdered in the basement of the Lucan home, where the Earl no longer lived. Lady Lucan, who was also hurt identified her estranged husband as the attacker.
As the investigation into the murder began to gather pace, Lucan told his mother to collect his children and after borrowing a friend’s Ford Corsair vanished to never be seen again. The car was found in Newhaven with blood and other evidence linked to the murder, in his absence a Coroner named him the murderer of Sandra Rivett.
Since Lord Lucan’s disappearance, the topic of what happened to him has remained a point of public fascination. There have been rumours placing him in Africa and other countries around the world, but none proven. In 2013, 39 years since the murder, and 79 years since the 7th Earl of Lucan’s birth, he or his body has not been found and is presumed dead.