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 and Co. 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 (London). Friday, 23 August 1901. (36541), 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