Hugh Molson, Baron Molson

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The Rt. Hon.

The Lord Molson

Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Doncaster
In office
Preceded byWilfred Paling
Succeeded byAlfred Short
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for High Peak
In office
Preceded byAlfred Joseph Law
Succeeded byDavid Walder
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport
In office
Preceded byJohn Profumo
Succeeded byRichard Nugent
Minister of Works
In office
Preceded byPatrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn
Succeeded byJohn Hope, 1st Baron Glendevon
Personal details
Arthur Hugh Elsdale Molson

(1903-06-29)29 June 1903
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Died13 October 1991(1991-10-13) (aged 88)
Westminster, London, England
Political partyConservative
FatherJohn Elsdale Molson
Alma materNew College, Oxford

Arthur Hugh Elsdale Molson, Baron Molson, PC (29 June 1903 – 13 October 1991) was a British Conservative politician and member of the Molson family of Montreal.


Born in Chelmsford, Essex, the only surviving son of Major John Elsdale Molson, Member of Parliament for Gainsborough from 1918–23, and Mary Leeson, he was educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, and Dartmouth, at Lancing, and New College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1925 and graduated with first-class honours in Jurisprudence in 1925.[1] He became a Barrister-at-Law at the Inner Temple in 1931. He worked as Political Secretary of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India from 1926–29.

He was commissioned 4 March 1939[2] and served with 36th (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1939–41 and was Staff Captain with the 11th Anti-Aircraft Division from 1941–42.

He was unsuccessful Conservative candidate in Aberdare in 1929, and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster from 1931–35 and for High Peak, Derbyshire from 1939–61. He was elected unopposed at the High Peak by-election, October 1939, after the death of Alfred Law. He held Ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works from 1951–53, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation from November 1953 to January 1957, and as Minister of Works from 1957 until October 1959. He was a Member of the Monckton Commission on Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1960, and Chairman of the Commission of Privy Counsellors on the dispute between Buganda and Bunyoro in 1962.

Molson married Nancy Astington, daughter of W.H. Astington, Bramhall, Cheshire, in 1949.[3]

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1956, and was created a Life Peer on 21 February 1961 as Baron Molson, of High Peak in the County of Derby.[4]

In later life he was Chairman (1968–71) and President (1971–80) of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. He died in Westminster in 1991 aged 88.

At Lancing he was a contemporary and close friend of Evelyn Waugh, and known as "Luncher". To the young Waugh he represented a figure of louche daring, as evidenced by many suggestive but mostly inexplicit references in his published letters and diaries. They were less close from Oxford onwards.

Notable quotations[edit]

  • "I will look at any additional evidence to confirm the opinion to which I have already come."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford University Calendar 1928, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1927, p.223
  2. ^ "No. 34610". The London Gazette. 24 March 1939. p. 7.
  3. ^ Who's Who, 1965, London : A. & C Black, 1965, p. 2140.
  4. ^ "No. 42285". The London Gazette. 21 February 1961. p. 1359.
  5. ^

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Wilfred Paling
Member of Parliament for Doncaster
Succeeded by
Alfred Short
Preceded by
Alfred Joseph Law
Member of Parliament for High Peak
Succeeded by
David Walder
Political offices
Preceded by
John Profumo
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport
Succeeded by
Richard Nugent
Preceded by
Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn
Minister of Works
Succeeded by
John Hope, 1st Baron Glendevon