Sir Alexander Sprot, 1st Baronet
Sprot was commissioned into the Royal Lanarkshire Militia, where he reached the rank of Lieutenant. In 1874 he was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in the 6th Dragoon Guards. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1876, Captain in 1882, Major in 1889, Lieutenant-Colonel in 1900, and Colonel in 1904. He served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War 1879–1880 (awarded the Afghanistan Medal). He later served in the Second Boer War (for which he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with 6 clasps, the King’s South Africa Medal with 2 clasps, and was mentioned in despatches twice, including 31 March 1900). He left South Africa in April 1902 on board the SS Walmer Castle, arriving at Southampton early the following month. He retired in 1909, but later served in World War I as an Administrative Commandant from 1915 (being mentioned in despatches twice and awarded the Mons Star, Croix de Guerre, British War Medal and Victory Medal). He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1917 New Year Honours.
He unsuccessfully contested Montrose Burghs in 1906. In the two elections in 1910 he stood in East Fife against the Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith. In 1918, Asquith was not opposed by a Coalition candidate, but the local Conservative Association decided put up a candidate against him. Sprot, despite being refused the "Coupon" – the official endorsement given by David Lloyd George and Andrew Bonar Law to Coalition candidates – defeated Asquith. Sprot sat for that constituency until he was defeated in 1922, and again in 1923. He then sat for North Lanarkshire from 1924 until 1929.
In 1879 he married Ethel Florence Thorp, daughter of Deputy Surgeon-General Edward C. Thorp, MD. He was also Master of the Fox Hounds with the Fife Hounds.
He was created a baronet in 1918.
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Alexander Sprot
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Herbert Henry Asquith
|Member of Parliament for East Fife
James Duncan Millar
|Member of Parliament for North Lanarkshire
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(of Garnkirk, Lanarkshire)