Peter Kerr-Smiley

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Peter Kerr Kerr-Smiley (22 February 1879 – 23 June 1943) was a Northern Irish Member of Parliament.

He was born at Larne as Peter Kerr Smiley, the second son of Sir Hugh Smiley, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[1] He commissioned a second lieutenant in the 21st Lancers on 5 May 1900,[2] promoted to lieutenant on 15 December 1900,[3] and from 1901 to 1902 served on the staff during the Second Boer War in South Africa. After the end of hostilities in May 1902, he left Cape Town the following month.[4] He resigned his commission in 1905,[5] but later reached the rank of Major in the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

In 1905 he adopted the surname of Kerr-Smiley, and the same year married Maud Simpson, daughter of Ernest L. Simpson, a British shipbuilder, and sister of Ernest Aldrich Simpson. They had two children:

  • Cyril Hugh Kerr-Smiley (1906–1980; married Agnes Sorell-Cameron)
  • Elizabeth Maud Kerr-Smiley (1907–2006; married architectural historian Christopher Hussey)

Kerr-Smiley was a Unionist in politics, and Chairman of the Belfast newspaper The Northern Whig. He unsuccessfully stood for South Down at the General Election of 1906, but was elected for North Antrim in January 1910 and represented the constituency until 1922.

Kerr-Smiley's London house was at 31 Belgrave Square, and he was a member of the Carlton Club, the Marlborough Club and the Cavalry Club.


  • Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees (eds), Who's Who of British Members of Parliament Volume III 1919–1945, Brighton 1979, p. 196-197
  1. ^ "Smiley (post Kerr-Smiley), Peter Kerr (SMLY899PK)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27189. p. 2848. 4 May 1900.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27262. p. 4. 1 January 1901.
  4. ^ "The Army in South Africa - The return of the Troops". The Times (36809). London. 2 July 1902. p. 11. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27800. p. 3939. 2 June 1905.

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Preceded by
Robert Glendinning
Member of Parliament for North Antrim
Constituency abolished