Basil Mackenzie, 2nd Baron Amulree

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Basil William Sholto Mackenzie, 2nd Baron Amulree KBE, FRCP (25 July 1900 – 15 December 1983) was a British physician and leading advocate of geriatric medicine in the United Kingdom.

Background and education[edit]

Amulree was born at South Kensington, London, England, the son of Sir William Mackenzie, 1st Baron Amulree and Lilian, daughter of W. H. Bradbury. He was educated at Lancing College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[1]


Upon graduating Amulree joined the Ministry of Health, initially working on the delivery of cancer services, but left in 1949 to become physician in charge of the geriatric department at University College Hospital, London. He was governor and president of a number of organisations including the British Geriatrics Society, the Society for the Study of Medical Ethics and the Association of Occupational Therapists. He was made KBE in recognition of his service to public health and welfare.[citation needed]

Amulree succeeded his father in the barony in 1942.[1] He was a Liberal Peer and Whip between 1955 and 1977[citation needed] and spoke in the House of Lords on a variety of issues in relation to the care of the elderly.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Amulree died on 15 December 1983, aged 83, unmarried. The barony became extinct on his death.[1] According to James Lord, around 1948 he was having an affair with the art historian Douglas Cooper; when they parted, Cooper settled with John Richardson.[3]

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Warrender Mackenzie
Baron Amulree
Succeeded by