George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie

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George Younger caricatured by "HCO" in Vanity Fair, 1910

George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie Bt (13 October 1851 – 29 April 1929) was a British politician.

He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and left college at the age of 17 on his father's death to run the family brewery of George Younger and Son, the business founded by his great-grandfather, George Younger (baptised 17 February 1722), of Alloa, Clackmannanshire. He became chairman in 1897.

He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire from November 1901,[1] and an elected Unionist MP for Ayr Burghs from 1906 until 1922. He was also Chairman of the Unionist Party Organisation from 1916 to 1923, and Treasurer of the Unionist Party in 1923. He was created a baronet on 12 July 1911, and a viscount — as the 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie — on 20 February 1923.

One of his great-grandsons was the politician George Younger (1931–2003), 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, Secretary of State for Scotland from 1979 to 1986, and Secretary of State for Defence from 1986 to 1989.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Dobbie
Member of Parliament for Ayr Burghs
Succeeded by
Sir John Lawrence Baird
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Montrose
Lord Lieutenant of Stirlingshire
Succeeded by
William Laurence Pullar
Party political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Steel-Maitland
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Stanley Jackson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Younger of Leckie
Succeeded by
James Younger
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Leckie)
Succeeded by
James Younger