Robert Hutchison, 1st Baron Hutchison of Montrose

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Major-General Robert Hutchison, 1st Baron Hutchison of Montrose KCMG, CB, DSO, PC (5 September 1873 – 13 June 1950) was a Scottish soldier and Liberal politician.

Background[edit]

Hutchison was the son of Alexander Hutchison, of Braehead, Kirkcaldy, Fife. His younger brother Sir Balfour Oliphant Hutchison (1889–1967) was a Lieutenant-General in the British Army.[1]

Military career[edit]

Hutchison joined the 7th Dragoon Guards in 1900 and served in South Africa, during the Second Boer War. He was promoted to Captain with the 11th Hussars in 1905 and Major with the 4th Dragoon Guards in 1912. He was a General Staff Officer, 3rd Grade, from 1912–1914, and promoted to 2nd Grade in 1914. He served in World War I as General Staff Officer 1st Grade, 1915–1917; temporary Major-General and Director of Organisation at the War Office from May 1917-1919; DAG 1919. He was Mentioned in Despatches six times, and awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1915, appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1918, and knighted via Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1919. He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Order of the Crown of Italy), the Légion d'honneur, and the American Army Distinguished Service Medal. He retired in 1923.

Political career[edit]

Hutchison was National Liberal Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy Burghs from 1922 to 1923, Liberal member for Montrose Burghs from 1924 to 1931 and Liberal National member for that constituency from 1931 to 1932. He served as Scottish National Liberal Whip in 1923, as a Liberal Whip from 1924 to 1926 and as Chief Liberal Whip from 1926 to 1930. On his retirement from the House of Commons in 1932, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Hutchison of Montrose, of Kirkcaldy in the County of Fife.[2] He later served under Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain as Paymaster-General from 1935 to 1938 and was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1937.[3]

Apart from his military and political careers he was a director of the National Bank of Australasia, Phœnix Assurance Co., and other business interests.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Hutchison of Montrose married firstly Agnes, daughter of William Drysdale, in 1905. After her death he married secondly Alma, daughter of W. G. Cowes, in 1942. He died in June 1950, aged 76, when the barony became extinct.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tom Kennedy
Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy Burghs
19221923
Succeeded by
Tom Kennedy
Preceded by
John Leng Sturrock
Member of Parliament for Montrose Burghs
19241932
Succeeded by
Charles Kerr
Party political offices
Preceded by
Godfrey Collins
Liberal Chief Whip
1926 – 1930
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Sinclair, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Rochester
Paymaster-General
1935 – 1938
Succeeded by
The Earl of Munster
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Hutchison of Montrose
1932–1950
Extinct