35 – Sir Francis Douglas

Sir Francis Douglas,
1st Baron Douglas of Barloch
1889 – 1980

Governor of Malta 1946-1949

Important dates during his Governorship

National Assembly resulting
in 1947 Constitution.

Restoration of Self-Government.

Francis Campbell Ross Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Barloch KCMG (21 October 1889-30 March 1980), was a British journalist, solicitor and Labour politician.

Douglas was educated at Glasgow University and later became a partner in Douglas & Company, solicitors, and also worked as a journalist. He was returned to Parliament for Battersea North in 1940, a seat he held until 1946, and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education from 1940 to 1945 and to the Home Secretary from 1945 to 1946 (James Chuter Ede held both positions).

In 1946 he resigned from the House of Commons on being appointed Governor of Malta, where he remained until 1949. Douglas was made a KCMG in 1947 and in 1950 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Douglas of Barloch, of Maxfield in the County of Sussex. He was also a member of the Public Works Loan Board from 1936 to 1946 and of the Railway Assessment Committee from 1938 to 1946 and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the London County Council from 1940 to 1946. After being raised to the peerage he was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

Lord Douglas of Barloch died in March 1980, aged 90. The title became extinct on his death.


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