Malcolm Barclay-Harvey

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Sir
Malcolm Barclay-Harvey
KCMG
Malcolm Barclay-Harvey.jpg
22nd Governor of South Australia
In office
12 August 1939 – 26 April 1944
Monarch George VI
Premier Sir Thomas Playford
Preceded by Lord Dugan
Succeeded by Sir Willoughby Norrie
Personal details
Born (1890-03-02)2 March 1890
London, England
Died 17 November 1969(1969-11-17) (aged 79)
London, England
Nationality British

Sir Charles Malcolm Barclay-Harvey, KCMG (2 March 1890 – 17 November 1969) was a British politician and Governor of South Australia from 12 August 1939 until 26 April 1944.

The only child of James Charles Barclay-Harvey, of Dinnet House, Aberdeenshire, he was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford, and served in the 7th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders from 1909–1915, with the Home Staff from 1915–1916, with the Ministry of Munitions in London from 1916–1918 and in Paris from 1918-1919.

Barclay-Harvey was adopted as prospective Unionist candidate for East Aberdeenshire in 1914 and was Member of Parliament (MP) for Kincardine and Aberdeenshire West from 1923 to 1929 and from 1931 to1939. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir John Gilmour from 1924 to 1929 and to Sir Godfrey Collins from 1932 to 1936, and was knighted in the King's Birthday Honours, 1936, for "political and public services".[1]

He was married firstly, in 1912, to Margaret Joan, daughter of Henry de la Poer Beresford Heywood, of Wrentnall House, Shrewsbury, by whom he had a daughter, and secondly to a widow, Lady Muriel Felicia Vere Liddell-Grainger, daughter of the 12th Earl of Lindsey, at Westminster in 1938.

He was Honorary Colonel of the 4th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders from 1939–1945, and was a Member of Aberdeen County Council from 1945-1955. He was a member of the Royal Company of Archers.

He was appointed the Governor of South Australia in March 1939, whereupon he resigned from the House of Commons on 8 March[2] and was appointed KCMG. He, his wife and two stepchildren then moved to Adelaide. He took office on 12 August, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. His principal focus during his tenure was the war effort. His wife, Lady Muriel, founded the Lady Muriel Nurses' Club for servicewomen, and made a habit of visiting numerous Red Cross branches. She also opened the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens in Adelaide on 19 April 1941 and launched the corvette HMAS Whyalla, the first ship from the World War II shipyard at Whyalla on 12 May 1941. He was also a Freemason. During his term as Governor (1939-1944), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia.[3][4]

The Vice-Regal couple spent as much time as they could at the Vice Regal Summer Residence at Marble Hill, where they restored the gardens. An avid railway enthusiast, he also had a large-scale outdoor model railway installed there, and in 1943 the South Australian Railways Institute named a new locomotive class leader 520 after him.[3]

He retired from the Vice-Regal post for health reasons on 26 April 1944, whereupon he returned to his 14,000-acre (57 km2) Scottish estate which he had inherited in 1924. He served as deputy lieutenant of Aberdeenshire (1945), a member of the Aberdeenshire City Council (1945–55) and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland (1949–53). He wrote A History of the Great North of Scotland Railway, which was published in 1940.

He died in London on 17 November 1969.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Cecil Murray
Member of Parliament
for Kincardine and Aberdeenshire West

19231929
Succeeded by
James Scott
Preceded by
James Scott
Member of Parliament
for Kincardine and Aberdeenshire West

19311939
Succeeded by
Colin Thornton-Kemsley
Government offices
Preceded by
Winston Dugan
Governor of South Australia
1939–1944
Succeeded by
Willoughby Norrie
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Galloway
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1949–1953
Succeeded by
The Lord Macdonald of Slate