John Beavan, Baron Ardwick

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John Cowburn Beavan, Baron Ardwick (29 April 1910 – 18 August 1994) was a British journalist.

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School.[1] Beavan was reporter of the Manchester Evening News, becoming its editor in 1943. Between 1946 and 1955, he was London editor of The Guardian.[2] For two years, 1960 to 1962, he was editor of the Daily Herald, then becoming political advisor to the Mirror Group, a post he retained until 1976.[3] He was a Labour Member of the European Parliament from 1975 to 1979.[2]

On 16 January 1970, he was created a life peer as Baron Ardwick, of Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.[4]

He married Gladys Jones in 1934 by whom he had two children.

By Anne Symonds, a BBC World Service journalist, he was also the father of Matthew Symonds.[5] Symonds' daughter Carrie is the fiancé of the incumbent Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, a Conservative.[6]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of John Beavan, Baron Ardwick
Coronet
A Coronet of a Baron
Crest
A Cock criant standing upon a Hand Mirror proper the Frame and Handle Or
Escutcheon
Or a Dragon passant between two Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper in chief and in base on a Pile reversed Gules an Owl Argen
Supporters
On either side a Representation of an Angel holding in the superior hand a Shepherd's Crook proper
Motto
IN OMNIA PARATUS (Prepared in all things)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 "Ardwick, Baron cr 1970 (Life Peer), of Barnes, (John Cowburn Beavan) (29 April 1910–18 Aug. 1994)." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 26 Jul. 2019
  2. ^ a b Terence Lancaster Obituary: Lord Ardwick, The Independent, 19 August 1994
  3. ^ Dennis Griffiths (ed) The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422–1992, London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p,97
  4. ^ "No. 45021". The London Gazette. 16 January 1970. p. 658.
  5. ^ 2018 "Symonds, Matthew John, (born 20 Dec. 1953), Executive Director, Lawrence Ellison Foundation, since 2018." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 26 Jul. 2019
  6. ^ ITV Report, Carrie Symonds: Who is Boris Johnson's partner? at itv.com dated 22 June 2019, accessed 24 June 2019
Media offices
Preceded by
Douglas Machray
Editor of the Daily Herald
1960–1962
Succeeded by
Sydney Jacobson