Matthew Arthur, 1st Baron Glenarthur

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The Lord Glenarthur
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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
5 July 1918 – 23 September 1928
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded bypeerage created
Succeeded byThe 2nd Lord Glenarthur
Personal details
Born9 March 1852
Died23 September 1928

Matthew Arthur, 1st Baron Glenarthur (9 March 1852 – 23 September 1928), known as Sir Matthew Arthur, 1st Baronet, from 1903 to 1918, was a Scottish businessman.


Glenarthur was son of James Arthur of Carlung in Ayrshire and of Barshaw in Renfrewshire, the founder of the wholesale clothing business of Arthur & Co. His mother was the suffragist and philanthropist, Jane Glen Arthur,[1] daughter of Thomas Glen of Thornhill in Renfrewshire.


Glenarthur was Chairman of the family firm of Arthur and Co, and also of the Lochgelly Iron and Coal Company and of the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company. Apart from his business career he was also a member of the Royal Company of Archers.

Honours and styles[edit]


Arthur was created a Baronet, of Carlung, in the parish of West Kilbride, in the County of Ayr, on 28 November 1902,[2][3] and on 5 July 1918 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Glenarthur, of Carlung, in the County of Ayr.[4][5] The title of the barony derived from the joining of his mother's maiden name and his patronymic.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1852–1902: Mr Matthew Arthur
  • 1902–1918: Sir Matthew Arthur Bt
  • 1918–1928: The Rt Hon. The Lord Glenarthur[a]
  1. ^ Although The Lord Glenarthur was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.


Lord Glenarthur married Janet, daughter of Alexander Bennett McGrigor, in 1876. He died in September 1928, aged 76, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Cecil. Lady Glenarthur died in 1946.

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Glenarthur
Succeeded by
James Cecil Arthur


  1. ^ ABACUS, Scott Graham -. "TheGlasgowStory: Jane Arthur". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ "No. 27500". The London Gazette. 2 December 1902. p. 8366.
  3. ^ "No. 11467". The Edinburgh Gazette. 5 December 1902. p. 1296.
  4. ^ "No. 30781". The London Gazette. 5 July 1918. p. 7940.
  5. ^ "No. 13286". The Edinburgh Gazette. 9 July 1918. p. 2413.
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1949.