William McEwan Younger

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Sir William McEwan Younger, 1st Baronet (6 September 1905 – 15 April 1992)[1] was a Scottish brewer and political activist.

His father, William Younger, was a brother of George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger, and of Robert Younger, Baron Blanesburgh; his great uncle was William McEwan, a Liberal MP for Edinburgh and the founder of McEwan's Brewery.[2]

He was educated at Winchester College and at Balliol College, Oxford, before joining the firm of McEwan's Brewery, which later became Scottish Brewers before merging with the Newcastle Brewery Company in 1961 to become Scottish & Newcastle. Younger was the first chairman and managing director of the new company.[2]

He stood twice as the Unionist Party candidate for the West Lothian at the 1950 general election, but it was a safe seat for Labour and he came a poor second.[3] He was honorary secretary of the Scottish Unionist Association from 1955 to 1964, and was later chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party from 1971 to 1974.[2]

He was made a Baronet in February 1964, of Fountainbridge, in the County and City of Edinburgh;[4] the title became extinct on his death.[1] He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh in 1984.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Baronets: Y". Leigh rayment's baronetage pages. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Balfour, P. E. G. (September 2004). "Younger, Sir William McEwan, of Fountainbridge, baronet (1905–1992)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ "UK General Election results February 1950". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 43250". The London Gazette. 18 February 1964. p. 1566.
  5. ^ "No. 49766". The London Gazette. 13 June 1984. p. 8143.