Ian Stewart, Baron Stewartby

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Stewartby
PC
Minister of State for Northern Ireland
In office
25 July 1988 – 25 July 1989
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Stanley
Succeeded by John Cope
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
In office
13 June 1987 – 25 July 1988
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Stanley
Succeeded by Archie Hamilton
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
19 October 1983 – 11 June 1987
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Moore
Succeeded by Peter Lilley
Member of Parliament
for North Hertfordshire
Hitchin (1974–1983)
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Shirley Williams
Succeeded by Oliver Heald
Personal details
Born (1935-08-10) 10 August 1935 (age 81)
Political party Conservative

Bernard Harold Ian Halley Stewart, Baron Stewartby, PC, FSA, FRSE, FBA (born 10 August 1935) is a British Conservative Party politician and numismatist. He was the Member of Parliament for Hitchin from February 1974 to 1983, and for North Hertfordshire from 1983 to 1992. He sat in the House of Lords from 1992 to 2015.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Stewart contested Hammersmith North at the 1970 general election, being beaten by Labour's Frank Tomney. He was Member of Parliament for Hitchin from February 1974 to 1983, and for North Hertfordshire from 1983 until he stood down in 1992. He served as junior minister for Defence Procurement, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and Minister for the Armed Forces.

House of Lords[edit]

After he left the House of Commons, he was created a life peer as Baron Stewartby, of Portmoak in the District of Perth and Kinross on 20 July 1992.[1] He sat in the House of Lords until his retirement on 12 November 2015.[2]

Interest in numismatics[edit]

Stewartby's interest in Scottish coins had started when he was a schoolboy. Noting the lack of a complete book on the subject more recent than Edward Burns' 1887 work "Coinage of Scotland", he was encouraged to write his own. The result, "The Scottish Coinage", was published by Spink and Son in 1955. The preface, dated December 1953, gives the location as Haileybury College, Hertford, which he attended from 1949 to 1954, as a member of Allenby House.

In July 2007, Stewartby's collection of antique Scottish coins dating back to the 12th century and worth an estimated £500,000 were stolen from his home near Peebles.[3] The coins have yet to be recovered, and in November 2008, a £50,000 reward was offered for their return.[4]

Honours[edit]

In 1971, Stewartby was awarded the Sanford Saltus Gold Medal by the British Numismatic Society in recognition of his contributions to British numismatics.[5] He was awarded the medal of the Royal Numismatic Society in 1996.[6]

On 30 March 1970, Stewartby was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[7] In 1981, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in the Archaeology section.[8] In 1986, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).[9]

In the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor "for political service".[10] On 26 November, he received the accolade from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.[11] As a lord, he uses the post-nominal letters "Kt" rather than the title sir.

Arms[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Times Guide to the House of Commons 1987
  1. ^ "no. 52998". The London Gazette. 23 July 1992. p. 12418. 
  2. ^ Lord Stewartby. UK Parliament
  3. ^ Rare coins worth £500,000 stolen, BBC News, 9 July 2007
  4. ^ £50,000 reward in coin theft hunt, BBC News, 3 November 2008
  5. ^ "Sanford Saltus Gold Medal". British Numismatic Society. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  6. ^ http://numismatics.org.uk/medals-honorary-fellowship-prizes/the-societys-medal/
  7. ^ "The Rt Hon Lord Bernard H Stewartby FSA". Fellows Directory. Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "STEWARTBY, Lord (Ian), FRSE". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "RSE Fellows" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. 23 July 2015. p. 49. Archived from the original (pdf) on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "(Supplement) no. 52563". The London Gazette. 15 June 1991. p. 2. 
  11. ^ "no. 52858". The London Gazette. 10 March 1992. p. 4257. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Shirley Williams
Member of Parliament for Hitchin
Feb 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Hertfordshire
19831992
Succeeded by
Oliver Heald