Arms of the Viscounts Simon
Gules three Lotus Flowers in pale proper between two Flaunches Or each charged with a Lion rampant of the field.
|Peerage||Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|First holder||Sir John Simon|
|Present holder||David Simon, 3rd Viscount Simon|
|Motto||J'Ai Ainsi Mon Nom (Such is my name)|
Viscount Simon, of Stackpole Elidor in the County of Pembroke, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1940 for the Liberal politician Sir John Simon. He was Home Secretary from 1915 to 1916 and 1935 to 1937, Foreign Secretary from 1931 to 1935, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1937 to 1940 and Lord Chancellor from 1940 to 1945. His wife Kathleen was a noted campaigner against slavery and other forms of involuntary servitude worldwide, and against racial discrimination. As of 2012[update], the title is held by his grandson, the third Viscount, who succeeded his father in 1993. He is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sits on the Labour benches.
Viscounts Simon (1940)
- John Allsebrook Simon, 1st Viscount Simon (1873–1954)
- John Gilbert Simon, 2nd Viscount Simon (1902–1993)
- (Jan) David Simon, 3rd Viscount Simon (b. 1940)
There is no heir to the viscountcy.
- Pennybacker, Susan D. (2009). From Scottsboro to Munich: Race and Political Culture in 1930s Britain. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691088284. (Chapter 3, Lady Kathleen Simon and Antislavery, pages 103–145)
- Oldfield, Sybil (January 2008), "Simon, Dame Kathleen Rochard, Viscountess Simon", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, retrieved 4 January 2013 (subscription required)
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Gilbert Simon, 2nd Viscount Simon