Ian Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron

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The Lord Strathcarron

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Macpherson in 1920
Chief Secretary for Ireland
In office
10 January 1919 2 April 1920
Monarch George V
Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Preceded by Edward Shortt
Succeeded by Sir Hamar Greenwood, Bt
Minister of Pensions
In office
2 April 1920 19 October 1922
Monarch George V
Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Preceded by Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Succeeded by George Tryon
Personal details
Born14 May 1880 (1880-05-14)
Died14 August 1937 (1937-08-15) (aged 57)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s)Jill Rhodes (died 1956)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

(James) Ian Stewart Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron, PC , PC (Ire) , KC , JP (14 May 1880 – 14 August 1937), known as Sir Ian Macpherson, Baronet, between 1933 and 1936, was a British lawyer and Liberal politician.

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Background and education

Macpherson was the son of James Macpherson, JP, of Inverness, and Anne, daughter of James Stewart. Lord Drumalbyn, George Macpherson and Sir Tommy Macpherson were his nephews. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1906. [1]

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Political career

Macpherson sat as Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty from 1911 to 1935. [1] [2] In 1916 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for War, a post he held until 1918, and then served as Deputy Secretary of State for War and Vice-President of the Army Council between 1918 and 1919, as Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1919 and 1920 and as Minister of Pensions between 1920 and 1922. [1] He was admitted to the British Privy Council in 1918 [3] and to the Irish Privy Council in 1919 [1] [4] and made a King's Counsel in 1919. [1] He created a Baronet, of Banchor in the County of Inverness, in 1933 [5] and raised to the peerage as Baron Strathcarron, of Banchor in the County of Inverness, in 1936. [6]

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Lord Strathcarron married Jill, daughter of Sir George Rhodes, 1st Baronet, in 1915. They had one son and two daughters. He died in London in August 1937, aged 57, and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. [7] He was succeeded in his titles by his son, David. Lady Strathcarron remarried in 1938, to Hedley Ernest Le Bas, son of Hedley Le Bas, and died in August 1956. [1] [8]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 thepeerage.com James Ian Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron
  2. leighrayment.com House of Commons, Rochester – Ryedale
  3. The London Gazette, 3 June 1918
  4. leighrayment.com Privy Counsellors – Ireland
  5. The London Gazette, 28 April 1933
  6. The London Gazette, 14 January 1936
  7. The Complete Peerage, Volume XIII – Peerage Creations 1901–1938. St Catherine's Press. 1949. p. 563.
  8. Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (1954). Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland, Including All the Titled Classes. p. 306.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Galloway Weir
Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty
Succeeded by
Malcolm MacDonald
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Derby
Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
The Viscount Peel
Preceded by
Edward Shortt
Chief Secretary for Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Hamar Greenwood, Bt
Preceded by
Laming Worthington-Evans
Minister of Pensions
Succeeded by
George Tryon
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Baron Strathcarron
Succeeded by
David Macpherson