Sir Charles Cameron, 1st Baronet
Cameron was born in Dublin, the son of John Cameron, newspaper proprietor of Glasgow and Dublin. He was educated at Madras College, St Andrew's, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He also studied at medical schools in Paris, Berlin, and Vienna, but never practised medicine. He became editor of the North British Daily Mail in 1864, and was managing proprietor of the paper from 1873.
At the 1874 general election Cameron was elected as one of the three Members of Parliament (MPs) for Glasgow. The constituency was broken up under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and he was elected at the 1885 general election as the MP for the new Glasgow College constituency. He held the seat until his defeat at the 1895 general election. Cameron was created baronet Cameron of Balclutha, Renfrew on 7 August 1893 for his journalistic and parliamentary services. He was subsequently elected as MP for Glasgow Bridgeton at a by-election in February 1897, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1900 general election. He was appointed CB in the 1899 New Year Honours.
Cameron was an active member of the House of Commons. He was responsible for the Inebriates Acts, secured various reforms in the Scottish Liquor Laws and was a member of the Royal Commission on the Liquor Licensing Laws in 1895. He was also behind laws conferring the municipal franchise on women, and acts abolishing imprisonment for debt in Scotland and was a member of the Departmental Committee on Habitual Offenders (Scotland) in 1894. His resolution led to the adoption of sixpenny telegrams and he was on the Committee on Transit of Cattle Coastwise in 1893. He wrote a number of pamphlets on medical, social, and political subjects.
He served as president of the Cremation Society of Great Britain, as did his son and successor to the baronetcy.
Cameron lived at Glenridge, Virginia Water, where he enjoyed motoring, riding, and travel. He died at the age of 82.
Cameron married firstly Frances Caroline Macaulay in 1869. Their son John succeeded to the baronetcy. Frances died in 1899, and he married secondly Blanche Perman.
- Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 547. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 507. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- "No. 26430". The London Gazette. 8 August 1893. p. 4521.
- Leigh Rayment Baronets
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 504. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- "Sir Charles Cameron". Who's Who in Glasgow 1909. Glasgow Digital Library. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Cameron
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow
1874 – 1885
With: George Anderson 1874–1885
Alexander Whitelaw 1874–1879
Charles Clow Tennant 1879–1880
Robert Tweedie Middleton 1880–1885
Thomas Russell 1885
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow College
1885 – 1895
John Maxwell Stirling-Maxwell
Sir George Trevelyan
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow Bridgeton
1897 – 1900
Charles Scott Dickson
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
of Balclutha, Renfrewshire