Robert Grant-Ferris, Baron Harvington

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Harvington near Chaddesley Corbett: St Mary's Catholic Church, grave of Lord Harvington and his mother in the churchyard. The roof of Harvington Hall is visible in the background.

Robert Grant Grant-Ferris, Baron Harvington, PC (30 December 1907 – 1 January 1997) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Born Robert Grant Ferris, he was educated at Douai School and served in the RAF during the War, receiving the Air Efficiency Award in 1942.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for St Pancras North from 1937 to 1945, and for Nantwich from 1955 until his retirement at the February 1974 general election. He served as Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker from 1970 to 1974. Ferris' maiden speech to Parliament was in March 1937, in a debate on the Air Ministry estimates, in which he spoke as a member of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.[1]

Grant-Ferris was a staunch supporter of fellow devout Roman Catholic Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War.[2]

He changed his name from Ferris to Grant-Ferris by deed poll in August 1942.[3]

He was knighted in 1969,[4] and sworn to the Privy Council in 1971.[5] On 24 June 1974 he was given a life peerage as Baron Harvington, of Nantwich in the County of Cheshire.[6]


  1. ^ Hansard, 15 March 1937
  2. ^ Harvington's obituary by Patrick Cosgrave, The Independent, 4 January 1997
  3. ^ "No. 35689". The London Gazette. 1 September 1942. p. 3846.
  4. ^ "No. 44894". The London Gazette. 11 July 1969. p. 7213.
  5. ^ "No. 45384". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1971. p. 5957.
  6. ^ "No. 46334". The London Gazette. 28 June 1974. p. 7420.
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Fraser
Member of Parliament for St Pancras North
Succeeded by
George House
New constituency Member of Parliament for Nantwich
1955February 1974
Succeeded by
John Cockcroft