Ian Stewart, Baron Stewartby

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Stewartby
Kt. PC
Minister of State for Northern Ireland
In office
25 July 1988 – 25 July 1989
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Stanley
Succeeded by John Cope
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
In office
13 June 1987 – 25 July 1988
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Stanley
Succeeded by Archie Hamilton
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
19 October 1983 – 11 June 1987
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Moore
Succeeded by Peter Lilley
Member of Parliament
for North Hertfordshire
In office
13 June 1983 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Shirley Williams
Member of Parliament
for Hitchin
In office
28 February 1974 – 13 June 1983
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Oliver Heald
Personal details
Born (1935-08-10) 10 August 1935 (age 79)
Political party Conservative

Bernard Harold Ian Halley Stewart, Baron Stewartby, Kt. PC (born 10 August 1935) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Stewart contested Hammersmith North at the 1970 general election, being beaten by Labour's Frank Tomney.

He was Member of Parliament for Hitchin from February 1974 to 1983, and for North Hertfordshire from 1983 until he stood down in 1992. He served as junior minister for Defence Procurement, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and Minister for the Armed Forces. He received knighthood in the 1991 Birthday Honours[1] having the honour conferred by The Queen on 26 November.[2]

House of Lords[edit]

After he left the House of Commons, he was created a life peer as Baron Stewartby, of Portmoak in the District of Perth and Kinross on 20 July 1992.[3]

In July 2007, Lord Stewartby's collection of antique Scottish coins dating back to the 12th century and worth an estimated £500,000 were stolen from his home near Peebles.[4] The coins have yet to be recovered, and in November 2008, a £50,000 reward was offered for their return.[5]

His interest in Scottish coins had started when he was a schoolboy. Noting the lack of a complete book on the subject more recent than Edward Burns' 1887 work "Coinage of Scotland", he was encouraged to write his own. The result, "The Scottish Coinage", was published by Spink and Son in 1955. The preface, dated December 1953, gives the location as Haileybury College, Hertford, which he attended from 1949 to 1954, as a member of Allenby House.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy in the Archeology section.[6]

Arms[edit]

Arms of Ian Stewart, Baron Stewartby
Notes
Baron Stewartby since 1992
Coronet
A Coronet of a Baron
Crest
A Lymphad as in the Arms between two Fleurs-de-lys Or
Escutcheon
Or a Fess chequy Azure and Argent between a Portcullis with chains in chief and a Lymphad Sails furled Oars in action Sable flagged Gules in base all within a Bordure Azure, a Label of three points Gules
Supporters
Dexter: a Stag proper attired Or gorged with a Collar engrailed Gules; Sinister: a Lion proper gorged with a Collar engrailed chequy Argent and Gules
Motto
THERE REMAINETH A REST

Sources[edit]

  • Times Guide to the House of Commons 1987
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Shirley Williams
Member of Parliament for Hitchin
Feb 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Hertfordshire
19831992
Succeeded by
Oliver Heald