Sir Francis Dyke Acland, 14th Baronet
|The Right Honourable
Sir Francis Dyke Acland, Bt
PC, DL, JP
|Under-Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs
23 October 1911 – 4 February 1915
|Prime Minister||H. H. Asquith|
|Preceded by||Thomas McKinnon Wood|
|Succeeded by||Neil James Archibald Primrose|
|Financial Secretary to the Treasury|
3 February 1915 – 25 May 1915
|Prime Minister||H. H. Asquith|
|Preceded by||Hon. Edwin Samuel Montagu|
|Succeeded by||Hon. Edwin Samuel Montagu|
|Born||7 March 1874|
|Died||9 June 1939|
|Spouse(s)||(1) Eleanor Cropper
(2) Constance Dudley
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
Sir Francis Dyke Acland, 14th Baronet PC, DL, JP (7 March 1874 – 9 June 1939) was a British Liberal politician. He notably served as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under H. H. Asquith between 1911 and 1915.
Background and education
Acland was the son of Sir Arthur Dyke Acland, 13th Baronet, and Alice Sophia Cunningham, daughter of Reverend Francis Macaulay Cunningham. He was educated at Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford. He initially worked in education in South Kensington and in the West Riding of Yorkshire and was a Junior Examiner at the Education Department between 1900 and 1903.
Acland was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1906, a seat he held until 1910, and later represented Camborne from 1910 to 1922, Tiverton from 1923 to 1924 and North Cornwall from 1932 to 1939. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Richard Haldane, the Secretary of State for War, from 1906 to 1908. He held office under H. H. Asquith as Financial Secretary to the War Office from 1908 to 1910, as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1911 to 1915, as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from February to June 1915 and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1915 to 1916. In 1915 he was sworn of the Privy Council.
In 1917 he was appointed Chairman of the Departmental Committee "to inquire into the extent and gravity of the evils of dental practice by persons not qualified under the Dentists Act ." Based on the recommendations of this committee a bill was introduced into parliament which eventually became the Dentists Act 1921 which established the Dental Board of the United Kingdom. Acland was appointed its first Chairman - a position he held until his death.
Acland was also a Forestry Commissioner, a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and a Justice of the Peace for Devon and the North Riding of Yorkshire. In 1926 he succeeded his father as fourteenth Baronet.
Acland married firstly Eleanor Margaret, daughter of Charles James Cropper, in 1905. They had three sons and one daughter. After Eleanor's death in December 1933 he married secondly Constance, daughter of George Dudley, in 1937. Acland died in June 1939, aged 65, and was succeeded by his eldest son from his first marriage, Richard. Lady Dyke Acland died in October 1940. His second son, Geoffrey Acland, became a leading figure in the Liberal Party.
- thepeerage.com Sir Francis Dyke Acland, 10th/14th Bt.
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth to Rochdale
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Caernarfon to Cambridgeshire South West
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Tipperary South to Tyrone West
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Cornwall to Cynon Valley
- The London Gazette: . 18 June 1915.
- British Dental Journal 1939; 67 (1): 38-9. Obituary. Sir Francis Dyke Acland
- The Times House of Commons (1959), p.171
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Francis Dyke Acland