George Thornycroft Sassoon, born in October 1936, was the only son of Siegfried and Hester Sassoon. He was a scientist, electrical engineer, translator and author. In 1947 his parents separated and George spent most of his childhood with his mother on the Isle of Mull. He was educated at Greenways Prep School, near Codford, then at Oundle School and finally King’s College Cambridge.
George spoke many languages including Serbo-Croat, Hebrew, Aramaic and Klingon! He was interested in extraterrestrial phenomena and published two books about extraterrestrial visitations. After his father died in 1967 George inherited his country house, Heytesbury House, in Wiltshire. He spent a lot of money restoring the house as it had been neglected by his father. Later, the A36 bypass was built right across the grounds of the house. He sold many of his father’s papers at this time to fund the fight to prevent the road being built but to no avail. Finally there was a severe fire which eventually forced George to move out and take up residence in the nearby village of Sutton Veny. In 1973 he inherited his mother’s property, Ben Buie, on Mull.
George married four times, the first three were dissolved and he died aged 69 in 2006. His body was buried on the Isle of Mull.