Dingwall Latham Bateson

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Sir Dingwall "Dingo" Latham Bateson, CBE, MC (1898 – 29 January 1967) was a British solicitor and President of the Law Society.

Background[edit]

Bateson was the son of judge Sir Alexander Dingwall Bateson and Isabel Mary, the fourth daughter of William Latham QC. He had three brothers and two sisters.[1]

First World War service[edit]

Bateson was awarded the Military Cross (MC) whilst a second lieutenant attached to the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.[2]

Career[edit]

Bateson was a solicitor at firm Slaughter and May.[3]

In 1922 he married Naomi Judith, eldest daughter of composer Walter Galpin Alcock. They had two sons and one daughter.[4] One son, Timothy, became an actor.[5]

He was awarded a CBE in 1946. In 1952–53 he was president of the Law Society and was knighted in 1953.[4]

Notable friends[edit]

Bateson advised Noël Coward on financial affairs; Coward, in gratitude, named his speedboat "Dingo" after Bateson.[6] Bateson was also friends with Sir Roland Gwynne, Mayor of Eastbourne 1928-1931, who left Bateson his whole estate in his will (though in the end Bateson predeceased him).[7]

Death[edit]

Bateson died in a shooting accident in Merstham, Surrey, on 29 January 1967.[4]

Quotes[edit]

"A solicitor is a man who calls in a person he doesn't know, to sign a contract he hasn't seen, to buy property he doesn't want, with money he hasn't got."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sir Alexander Dingwall Bateson in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31373. p. 6951. 30 May 1919. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  3. ^ http://www.biltongrange.net/do_download.asp?did=27445
  4. ^ a b c The Times, January 31, 1967, p. 12
  5. ^ Who's Who in the Theatre
  6. ^ Cole Lesley, The Life of Noel Coward, Jonathan Cape, 1976. Page 366
  7. ^ Pamela V. Cullen, "A Stranger in Blood: The Case Files on Dr John Bodkin Adams", London, Elliott & Thompson, 2006, ISBN 1-904027-19-9. Page 635
  8. ^ http://www3.hku.hk/eroonweb/hongrads/person.php?mode=detail&id=40