Myles Humphreys

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Sir Myles Humphreys, JP, DL (died 22 February 1998) was a Northern Irish Ulster Unionist Party politician and activist, and an engineer and businessman.

He served as Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1975–77, and later chaired the Northern Irish Police Authority for a decade. He appears to have been the last Belfast Lord Mayor to be knighted to date.


  • 1976: Freeman of the City of London.
  • 1946: Northern Ireland Board research engineer
  • 1948-1955: Ulster Transport Authority research engineer

Other affiliations/positions[edit]

  • Belfast Harbour Commissioner
  • Senator, Junior Chamber International
  • President, Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship
  • Chairman, National Housing and Town Planning Council
  • High Sheriff of Belfast (1969)
  • Senate of Queen's University (1975-77)
  • Chairman, Belfast Marathon (1981-85)
  • Life member, Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (from 1970 until his death)
  • President, City of Belfast Youth Orchestra
  • Director, Ulster Orchestra Society (1980-81)
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board (1973-80)
  • Chairman, Ulster Tourist Development Association (1968-78)


Humphreys attended Skegoniell Primary School, Londonderry High School and the Belfast Royal Academy.


Sir Myles Humphreys died on 22 February 1998, aged 72, from undisclosed causes.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Hugh Brown
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
John William Kennedy
Preceded by
William Christie
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
James Stewart