Georges, Baron Dillon-Kavanagh

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Intercalated Games • Non-starter
Full nameGeorges Arthur•Dillon-Kavanagh du Fertagh
Used nameGeorges, Baron•Dillon-Kavanagh
Born14 February 1873 in Nîmes, Gard (FRA)
Died4 August 1944 in Laugnac, Lot-et-Garonne (FRA)
NOC France
Medals IG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3


Georges, Baron Dillon-Kavanagh fenced at both the 1900 Olympics and the 1906 Athina Intercalated Games. In 1906 he won golds in individual foil and team épée, adding a silver in individual épée. After studying at Oudart Hall in Lille and then Alexandre Bergès Hall in Paris, Baron Dillon-Kavanagh traveled to the United States in 1895 and won US foil championships in 1896 and 1899, and the sabre title in 1899. He won the Roubaix Half-Circle Tournament. He was also champion at the 1898 International Fencing Tournament of the Northern Arms Academy at Lille, won the 1903 and 1904 French title, and was champion of the Paris Academy in 1904.

Dillon-Kavanagh became a race car driver for Bugatti, winning a 1.5L category race at the Mayenne Coast in May 1912, a race at La Flèche in May 1913, winning at the meeting of the Sarthe in the same month, and taking a category victory at Cabourg in July 1914. He was later a distributor for Bugatti automobiles, and on a Bugatti blog, he is noted to have been their first distributor. The blog also notes that he “died a violent death in 1944,” with no further details given.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Georges, Baron Dillon-Kavanagh
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 7
1906 Intercalated Games Fencing FRA Georges, Baron Dillon-Kavanagh
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) France 1 Gold
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC p2 r1/3
1908 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Georges, Baron Dillon-Kavanagh
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS

Special Notes


First name also seen as Georges Antoine and DOB as 21 September 1870.