Raymond Henry Walton

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Sir Raymond Henry Walton (9 September 1915 – 29 January 1988), was a British Liberal Party politician and High Court Judge.


He was the elder son of Henry Herbert Walton and Clara Martha Walton (née Dobrantz), of Dulwich. He was educated at Dulwich College and Balliol College, Oxford where he was Open Scholar and received a BA in 1937 and a MA in 1942. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1938. He married, in 1940, Helen Alexandra Dingwall, eldest daughter of Alexander Dingwall of Jedburgh. They had one son and two daughters. He was knighted in 1973.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Called to Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, 1939; War service in Anti-Aircraft Artillery (including Instructor in Gunnery and Experimental Officer), 1940–46. Returned to practice at Bar, 1946; QC 1963. Legal corresp., Financial Times, 1953–72. Mem., Lord Chancellor’s Law Reform Cttee, 1959–83; Bencher, 1970. Chm., Insolvency Rules Adv. Cttee, 1977–83. Church Comr for England, 1969–73; Dep. Chm., Boundaries Commn for England, 1973–86. Hon. Fellow, Coll. of Estate Management, 1977. He was a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division from 1973–1987. Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, 5th edn, 1985–.

Political career[edit]

While at Oxford University he joined the University Liberal Club and in 1936 he became Club President. Shortly after becoming President of the Oxford Union in February 1938, at the age of 23, he was selected as Liberal prospective parliamentary candidate for the Gloucestershire division of Thornbury.[2] Although the Liberal Party had won the seat in 1923, by 1931 they had dropped to third place. The election was expected to take place in 1939 but the outbreak of war meant the election was deferred. After the war, he switched to stand as Liberal candidate for the North Lambeth Division at the 1945 General Election. The Liberals had last won the seat in 1931 and had finished second at the last General election in 1935 when no National government candidate stood. However, in 1945 he was in a three-way fight and came third;

General Election 1945[3]

Electorate 20,233

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Russell Strauss 8,677 66.6
Liberal National E.W. Bates 2,624 20.1
Liberal Capt. Raymond Henry Walton 1,730 13.3
Majority 6,053 46.5
Turnout 20,223 64.4
Labour hold Swing N/A

After the election he concentrated on his legal career and did not stand for parliament again.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ ‘WALTON, Sir Raymond (Henry)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 13 Jan 2014
  2. ^ Gloucestershire Echo, 9 May 1938
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.