Frances Davidson, Viscountess Davidson
|The Rt Hon.
The Viscountess Davidson
|Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead|
22 June 1937 – 8 October 1959
|Preceded by||Sir J.C.C. Davidson|
|Succeeded by||James Allason|
|Born||Frances Joan Dickinson
29 May 1894
|Died||25 November 1985(aged 91)|
|Spouse(s)||Sir J. C. C. Davidson|
Frances Joan Davidson, Viscountess Davidson, Baroness Northchurch, DBE (née Dickinson; 29 May 1894 – 25 November 1985), styled Lady Davidson between 1935 and 1937 and as Viscountess Davidson between 1937 and 1985, was a British Conservative Party politician.
Background and education
She was the daughter of Sir Willoughby Dickinson, later Baron Dickinson. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all Members of Parliament. She was educated at Kensington High School and Northfields, Englefield Green.
During World War I, she served in the Red Cross POW Department and was appointed OBE in 1919. When her husband, Sir J. C. C. Davidson, was created Viscount Davidson in 1937, she was elected at a by-election to succeed him as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Hemel Hempstead. She held the seat until she retired from the House of Commons at the 1959 general election. For a short time after the 1945 general election, she was the only female Conservative MP.
She was appointed a DBE in 1952 and created a life peer as Baroness Northchurch, of Chiswick in the County of Middlesex, in 1963. She and her husband were one of the few couples who both held titles in their own right.
She died, aged 91, from natural causes.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 372. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscountess Davidson
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir J.C.C. Davidson
|Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
1937 – 1959