Sir David Reid, 1st Baronet

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Sir David Douglas Reid

Born24 August 1872
Died23 March 1939
OccupationBarrister, Politician
Alma materNew College, Oxford (B.A. 1896)
SpouseFlorence Reid[1]

Sir David Douglas Reid, 1st Baronet, JP (24 August 1872 – 23 March 1939) was the Unionist Member of Parliament for Down from 1922 until his death in 1939.[2]

Only son of Joseph Reid,[3] of 22 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, he attended Queens College, Belfast and New College, Oxford, graduating with 1st Class Honours in History.[4] He then became a barrister at the Inner Temple[5] and was called to the Bar in 1898.[3] He contested East Tyrone in 1910 before becoming a Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for East Down from 1918 to 1922, when the constituency was abolished. He was Chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party at Westminster.[6]

In 1936, when appointed Sheriff of Down, he was created a Baronet, of Rademon. (Prior to his creation as a baronet, he was known as "D. D. Reid"). Upon his death the baronetcy became extinct.[7]

Sir David died in Brown's Hotel, London[8] and was buried in Kilmore, Crossgar, Co. Down.[7]


  1. ^ "Florence Reid". 1911 Census of England. 1911. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  2. ^ "REID, Sir David Douglas". Who Was Who. A & C Black. 1920–2008. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  3. ^ a b "Reid, David Douglas". Inner Temple Admissions Database. Inner Temple. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  4. ^ The Historical Register of the University of Oxford. Trinity Term, 1900. University of Oxford. p. 406. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  5. ^ "Reid, David Douglas". Kellys-Handbook-to-the-Titled-Landed-Official-Classes-for-1923. Kelly's Directories Limited. 1923. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  6. ^ "Obituary – Sir David Reid – Fourth M.P. To Die Within A Week". The Glasgow Herald. Glasgow. 1939-03-24. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  7. ^ a b "The Reid Baronetcy". 14 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  8. ^ "Re. Sir David Douglas Reid, Bart". The London Gazette. 1939-06-23. Retrieved 2014-09-30.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Craig
Member of Parliament for East Down
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Down
With: John Morrow Simms 1922–31
Viscount Castlereagh 1931–39
Succeeded by
James Little
Viscount Castlereagh