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Biography of Francis Campbell Ross Douglas

Baron Douglas of Barloch
Baron Douglas of Barloch

Francis Campbell Ross Douglas graduated MA from the University in 1913. He was born in the small town of Wakopa, Manitoba in October 1889 to farmer Francis J B Douglas.

Douglas enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1907, attending classes in Mathematics (Adv Hons), Latin, Political Economy, Natural Philosophy (Hons), Chemistry, and Astronomy. He graduated MA on 21 April 1913.

After graduation, Douglas worked as a solicitor, and journalist. Actively involved in Labour politics, Douglas moved to London, where he served as Mayor of Battersea (1922-1923) and was later elected MP for Battersea North in 1940. He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary to the Board of Education, and to the Home Secretary, but withdrew from the House of Commons in 1946 on his appointment as Governor of Malta, a position that he held until 1949.

In 1947 Douglas was awarded the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for his services, and on 18 April 1950, he received a peerage as 1st Baron Douglas of Barloch of Maxfield in Sussex. He later served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1962 until his death in 1980.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/45 General Council Register 1920
  • R3/1/1 Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III 1881-1915
  • R4/1/7 Schedule of Graduates 1913-1914
  • R8/5/28/2 Glasgow University Matriculation Slips Men C-D 1907-8
  • R8/5/30/2 Glasgow University Matriculation Slips Men C-D 1909-10



Francis Campbell Ross Douglas
Baron Douglas of Barloch

Born 21 October 1889.
Died 31 March 1980.
GU Degree: MA, 1913; Arts,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: journalists; politicians; solicitors
View Major Archive Collection Record
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 3)
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow, solicitor, Labour MP and Governor of Malta
Record last updated: 16th Apr 2013

Country Associations

Canada Canada, Manitoba, Wakoha
Place of Birth

England England, London
Place of Death

Malta Malta, No Region

Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh

University Connections

University Roles