John Colville (Scottish politician)

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John Colville JP (Glasgow 3 July 1852 – Motherwell 22 August 1901) was a Scottish businessman and Liberal politician.

Colville was born in Glasgow in 1852, and educated at Hamilton and Gartsherrie Academies. He was head of the firm of David Colville & Sons at Motherwell, iron and steel manufacturers.[1]

He was elected Provost of Motherwell in 1888, a position he held until 1895, and served as Commissioner of Supply, a Justice of the Peace and a county councillor of Lanarkshire. He was also President of Lanarkshire Christian Union.[1] In 1895 Colville was elected a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for North-East Lanarkshire. He was re-elected with a larger majority in 1900 and served until his death the following year aged 49.

His son John Colville, 1st Baron Clydesmuir was also a Member of Parliament, and Secretary of State for Scotland.


  1. ^ a b "Obituary - John Colville, MP". The Times (36541). London. 23 August 1901. p. 8. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Donald Crawford
Member of Parliament for North East Lanarkshire
Succeeded by
Sir William Henry Rattigan