Ian MacArthur

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Iain MacArthur (17 May 1925 – 30 November 2007) was a British Conservative Party politician who served as Member of Parliament for Perth and East Perthshire from 1959 until 1974

Early life[edit]

MacArthur was born on 17 May 1925. He was the younger son of Lieutenant-General Sir William MacArthur.[1] He was educated at Cheltenham College and Queen's College, Oxford. He worked as an associate director of a marketing and advertising company.

Political career[edit]

MacArthur contested Greenock twice in 1955, in the general election and a by-election. He was Member of Parliament for Perth and East Perthshire from 1959 until his defeat at the October 1974 general election, when he lost by 793 votes to Douglas Crawford of the Scottish National Party.

In the House of Commons he was a whip 1963-65, as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury 1963-64. He then became an opposition Scottish affairs spokesman.

Personal life[edit]

He married Judith Miller in 1957 and had 7 children; Niall MacArthur (founder of EAT.), Alex MacArthur, Duncan MacArthur, Ruaidhri MacArthur, Lucy MacArthur, Janie MacArthur, and Gavin MacArthur.


  1. ^ Barnes, John (31 December 2008). "Ian MacArthur (1925 - 2007)". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan
Member of Parliament for Perth & East Perthshire
1959October 1974
Succeeded by
Douglas Crawford