David Nickson, Baron Nickson

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David Wigley Nickson, Baron Nickson KBE (born 27 November 1929) is a British businessman, a former crossbench peer and a former Chairman of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish & Newcastle, and CBI Scotland.[1]

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Geoffrey Wigley Nickson and Janet Mary Dobie. He was educated at Eton College and further at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, from where in 1949 he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. He remained in the army for five years.

Business career[edit]

Nickson worked from 1954 to 1982 at William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd publishers, made director in 1961, joint managing director in 1967, vice chairman in 1976 and group managing director in 1979. He was director of Scottish United Investors from 1970 to 1983, of General Accident Fire and Life Assurance Corporation from 1971 to 1998, of the Clydesdale Bank 1981 to 1989, of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries 1981 to 1995, of Radio Clyde 1982 to 1985, of The Edinburgh Investment Trust between 1983 and 1994, of the Hambros Bank 1989 to 1998 and of the National Australia Bank from 1991 to 1996. In many companies he was also chairman or deputy chairman at any time.

Public service[edit]

Nickson is a Freeman of the City of London, and from 1993 to 2002, he was Chancellor of the Glasgow Caledonian University. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1981 Birthday Honours[2] and was promoted to Knight Commander (KBE) in the 1994 Birthday Honours,[3] he was created a life peer on 22 March 1994 as Baron Nickson, of Renagour in the District of Stirling.[4] He retired from the House of Lords on 27 March 2015.

Personal life[edit]

In 1952, Nickson married Helen Louise Cockcraft; they had three daughters together.

In July 2013, Nickson married Eira Drysdale [5] at St Modoc's church, Doune. Lady Nickson was previously married to John Drysdale (d. 2008).[6]



  1. ^ "Lord Nickson". House of Lords.
  2. ^ "No. 48639". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1981. p. 9.
  3. ^ "No. 50948". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1987. p. 7.
  4. ^ "No. 53624". The London Gazette. 25 March 1994. p. 4611.
  5. ^ "Nickson/ Drysdale marriage". Peerage News.
  6. ^ "John Drysdale obituary".
  7. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/lp1958%20n.htm