Michael Noble, Baron Glenkinglas
The Lord Glenkinglas
|President of the Board of Trade|
20 June 1970 – 15 October 1970
|Prime Minister||Edward Heath|
|Preceded by||Roy Mason|
|Succeeded by||John Davies (Secretary of State for Trade and Industry|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland|
16 October 1964 – 23 January 1969
|Leader||Alec Douglas-Home |
|Succeeded by||Gordon Campbell|
|Secretary of State for Scotland|
13 July 1962 – 16 October 1964
|Prime Minister||Harold Macmillan |
|Preceded by||John Maclay|
|Succeeded by||William Ross|
|Member of Parliament|
12 June 1958 – 8 February 1974
|Preceded by||Duncan McCallum|
|Succeeded by||Iain MacCormick|
|Born||13 March 1913|
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
|Died||15 May 1984 (aged 71)|
Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
Noble was the youngest son of Sir John Noble, 1st Baronet, and the grandson of Sir Andrew Noble, 1st Baronet, and was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford. A farmer, he was president of the Black Face Sheep Breeders' Association and the Highland Cattle Society. He was an Argyll County Councillor and a director of Associated Fisheries.
Noble was a Scottish whip from 1960 and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 1961. He was Secretary of State for Scotland from 1962 to 1964 in the governments of Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home, taking over from John Maclay after the Night of the Long Knives. He returned to government as President of the Board of Trade in 1970 and as Minister for Trade from 1970 to 1972 under Edward Heath.
As Scottish Secretary, he presided over the last execution in Scotland when Henry John Burnett was hanged at Craiginches Prison in Aberdeen on the morning of 15 August 1963 by the hangman Harry Allen for the murder of merchant seaman Thomas Guyan.
Although he was a good 25 years younger than the architectural historian Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel, the two had a very friendly feud. Noble is said to have joked that they were "best of enemies."
He died in May 1984, aged 71.
- Torrance, David, The Scottish Secretaries (Birlinn 2006)
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed],[page needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Michael Noble