Francis Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Barloch

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Francis Campbell Ross Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Barloch KCMG (21 October 1889 – 30 March 1980), was a British journalist, solicitor and Labour Party politician.

Douglas was educated at Glasgow University and later became a partner in Douglas & Company, solicitors, and also worked as a journalist. A member of Battersea Borough Council, he was Mayor of Battersea in 1922–1923.[1] He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Battersea North at a by-election in 1940, a seat he held until 1946, and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education from 1940 to 1945 and to the Home Secretary from 1945 to 1946 (James Chuter Ede held both positions). The latter year he resigned from the House of Commons on being appointed Governor of Malta, which he remained until 1949. Douglas was made a KCMG in 1947 and in 1950 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Douglas of Barloch, of Maxfield in the County of Sussex.[2] He was also a member of the Public Works Loan Board from 1936 to 1946 and of the Railway Assessment Committee from 1938 to 1946 and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the London County Council from 1940 to 1946. After being raised to the peerage he was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

Lord Douglas of Barloch died in March 1980, aged 90. The title became extinct on his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Mayors. Four Women Chosen., Elections In London And Country.". The Times. 10 November 1922. p. 7. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 38888. p. 1873. 18 April 1950.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Sanders
Member of Parliament for Battersea North
19401946
Succeeded by
Douglas Jay
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Edmond Schreiber
Governor of Malta
1946–1949
Succeeded by
Sir Gerald Creasy
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Douglas of Barloch
1950–1980
Extinct