Donald Mackenzie Smeaton

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Donald Mackenzie Smeaton CSI (9 September 1848 – 19 April 1910),[1] son of David James Smeaton,[2] was a Scottish politician who was the Liberal MP for Stirlingshire from January 1906 until January 1910.[1]


Smeaton was educated at the Abbey Park Institution, St. Andrew's, a boarding school run by his father, at which not less than 80 young men were boarded and educated.[3]

He then attended the University of St Andrews, where he graduated with an M.A. degree.[4]

Arriving in India in 1867, Smeaton held minor appointments in the North-Western Provinces.[4]

On 5 September 1873 Smeaton married Annette Louisa Lushington, daughter of Sir Henry Lushington (1826-1898),[5] 4th Bt. and Elizabeth Cheape.[2]

In 1879 he went to Burma where he served as Chief Secretary in 1887, officiated as Chief Commissioner in 1892 and 1896 and was a Member of the Governor-General's Legislative Council of Burma in 1898 and 1901.[4] He was made Companion of the Order of the Star of India in 1895, was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal in 1900 and retired in 1902.[4]

Smeaton published an edition of the North-Western Provinces Revenue Act; The Currency of India; and The Karens of Burma.[4]

He died in April 1910 aged 61, three months after retiring from Parliament.


  1. ^ a b "The House of Commons Constituencies Beginning with 'S'". Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
  3. ^ Westwood's Parochial Directory for the Counties of Fife and Kinross, containing the names and addresses of Gentry, and of Persons in Business, &c. (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1862)
  4. ^ a b c d e Dictionary of Indian Biography (1906), Haskell House Publishers, New York.
  5. ^ Lushington baronets

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James McKillop
Member of Parliament for Stirlingshire
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
William Allan Chapple