Jock Bruce-Gardyne

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Bruce-Gardyne
Member of Parliament
for South Angus
In office
15 October 1964 – 10 October 1974
Preceded by James Duncan
Succeeded by Andrew Welsh
Member of Parliament
for Knutsford
In office
1 March 1979 (by-election) – 9 June 1983
Preceded by John Davies
Succeeded by Neil Hamilton
(for Tatton)
Personal details
Born John Bruce-Gardyne
(1930-04-12)12 April 1930
Chertsey, Surrey, England
Died 15 April 1990(1990-04-15) (aged 60)
Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservatives
Occupation Politician

John Bruce-Gardyne, Baron Bruce-Gardyne (12 April 1930 – 15 April 1990) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Son of Captain Evan Bruce-Gardyne, DSO, RN 13th Laird of Middleton, and a member of a Scottish landholding family who have been based in the county of Angus since at least 1008 AD. He was born in Chertsey, Surrey. Bruce-Gardyne was educated at Twyford School, Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford, and then served for six years in Foreign Service before becoming a journalist. He was a council member of the Bow Group.

At the 1964 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Angus where the family seats of Gardyne Castle, Finavon Castle and Middleton all stood. He held the seat until the October 1974 general election, when he lost to Andrew Welsh of the Scottish National Party. Bruce-Gardyne was later elected MP for Knutsford in a 1979 by-election, but was effectively forced out of the House of Commons when the seat was abolished by boundary changes for the 1983 general election. He was a monetarist but also was against the Falklands war and was an independent-minded MP. His well-known publication, Meriden: Odyssey Of A Lame Duck virulently attacked Tony Benn's setting up of the Meriden Workers' Co-operative to continue production of Triumph Motorcycles. He was succeeded in the new Tatton seat by Neil Hamilton. He was created a life peer as Baron Bruce-Gardyne, of Kirkden in the District of Angus, on 7 October 1983.[1]

He married Sally Louisa Mary Maitland daughter of Commander Sir John Maitland in 1959. He died of a brain tumour in Kensington and Chelsea at the age of 60.


  1. ^ "No. 49505". The London Gazette. 12 October 1983. p. 13359. 


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Duncan, Bt.
Member of Parliament for South Angus
1964October 1974
Succeeded by
Andrew Welsh
Preceded by
John Davies
Member of Parliament for Knutsford
Constituency abolished