Douglas Savory

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Sir Douglas Savory
Member of Parliament
for South Antrim
In office
23 February 1950 – 26 May 1955
Preceded by Constituency recreated
Charles Craig (1921)
Succeeded by Knox Cunningham
Member of Parliament
for Queen's University of Belfast
In office
2 November 1940 – 23 February 1950
Preceded by Thomas Sinclair
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1878-08-17)17 August 1878
Palgrave, England
Died 5 October 1969(1969-10-05) (aged 91)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Profession Academic
Religion Anglican

Sir Douglas Lloyd Savory (17 August 1878 – 5 October 1969)[1] was a professor of French and a member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

He was born at Palgrave in Suffolk and educated at Marlborough College and St John's College, Oxford. He taught French and English including at the University of Marburg before becoming Professor of French Language and Romance Philology at Queen's University, Belfast in 1909. In the First World War, he was attached to the Intelligence Division of the Admiralty.

Following the death of Thomas Sinclair, Savory was elected unopposed as Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for the seat of Queen's University of Belfast, retiring from his university chair. He held the seat until its abolition in 1950, at which point he was elected for South Antrim, which he represented until 1955. He was knighted in 1952.

He became special investigator into the Katyn massacre of Polish officers in 1940. He was president of the Huguenot Society of London.[2]


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  2. ^ Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Sinclair
Member of Parliament for Queen's University of Belfast
Succeeded by
constituency abolished
Preceded by
constituency recreated
MP for South Antrim
Succeeded by
Knox Cunningham