Jack Browne, Baron Craigton

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Craigton
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Govan
In office
1950 – 1955
Preceded by Neil Maclean
Succeeded by John Rankin

Jack Nixon Browne, Baron Craigton (3 September 1904 – 28 July 1993) was a Scottish Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

The son of Edwin Gilbert Izod, he adopted the surname Browne in 1920 as his family felt his more unusual surname a handicap.[1]

Educated at Cheltenham College, Browne served in World War II as an Acting Group Captain in Balloon Command of the Royal Air Force. He was awarded the CBE in 1944.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

He unsuccessfully contested the working class seat of Glasgow Govan in 1945, but was elected as Member of Parliament for the seat in 1950, holding it until 1955. He was then elected as Member for Glasgow Craigton in 1955, holding that seat until September 1959 at which point he joined the Lords.[citation needed]

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland from 1952 until April 1955, when he was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. In November 1959 he was created a life peer, as Baron Craigton, of Renfield in the County of the City of Glasgow.[2]

In October 1959 he was promoted to Minister of State for Scotland, holding that office until October 1964. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1961. He later held a number of important business positions, including chairman of United Biscuits Holdings,[1] and was associated with environmental groups including the World Wildlife Fund.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Tam Dalyell. "Obituary: Lord Craigton". The Independent. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Profile". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Neil Maclean
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Govan
Succeeded by
John Rankin
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow Craigton
Succeeded by
Bruce Millan