Alexander Shaw, 2nd Baron Craigmyle

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Alexander Shaw

Alexander Shaw, 2nd Baron Craigmyle (28 February 1883 – 29 September 1944)[1] was a Scottish Liberal Party politician.

Life[edit]

Shaw was a lawyer by profession, having studied at Trinity College, Oxford (where he was President of the Oxford Union in 1905) and being called to the bar in 1908.[2] In 1913 he married Lady Margaret Cargill Mackay, who gave him one son and three daughters.[2] During the First World War he served in the Royal Marine Artillery and was involved in the Battle of the Somme.[2] Outside Parliament, he was a director of the Bank of England and Chairman of P & O.[2] The son of the Law Lord Thomas Shaw, 1st Baron Craigmyle, he succeeded to the peerage on his father's death in 1937.[3] On his own death in 1944, aged 61, he was succeeded by his only son Thomas Donald Mackay Shaw (1923–1998).

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was elected unopposed as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kilmarnock Burghs at a by-election in 1915,[4] and held the seat until its abolition for the 1918 general election. He was then elected as a Coalition Liberal for the new county constituency of Kilmarnock,[5] retaining the seat as a Liberal in 1922. He resigned from the House of Commons on 12 November 1923 by the procedural device of accepting a nominal appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds.[6] no by-election was held, and the seat remained vacant when Parliament was dissolved on 16 November for the 1923 general election.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d The Times 30 September 1944 page 6 Obituary; Lord Craigmyle
  3. ^ Peerages: C (part 7) at Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 513. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  5. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 616. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  6. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Glynne Charles Gladstone
Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock Burghs
19151918
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock
19181923
Succeeded by
Robert Climie
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Th Hon. George Colville
High Sheriff of the County of London
1931–1932
Succeeded by
Sir Ernest Benn, Bt
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Shaw
Baron Craigmyle
1937–1944
Succeeded by
Thomas Shaw