Alan Barlow

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Sir James Alan Noel Barlow, 2nd Baronet GCB KBE FSA (25 December 1881 – 28 February 1968) was a British civil servant and collector of Islamic and Chinese art.[1]


Barlow was born in London, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Barlow, 1st Baronet, Royal physician, and his wife Ada Dalmahoy. He was Principal Private Secretary to Ramsay MacDonald, 1933-1934, and later Under-secretary at HM Treasury.

Barlow was a knight three times over; a baronet and a knight of both the Order of the Bath and the Order of the British Empire; CBE 1918, CB 1928, KBE 1938, KCB 1942, GCB 1947.

Barlow married Nora Darwin, the daughter of Horace Darwin, son of Charles Darwin (see Darwin — Wedgwood family). They had six children:


  1. ^ BARLOW, Sir (James) Alan (Noel)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 26 May 2011

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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Barlow
(of Wimpole Street)
Succeeded by
Thomas Erasmus Barlow