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Sir Basil Neven-Spence
Neven-Spence in November 1969
|Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland|
|Preceded by||Sir Robert Hamilton|
|Succeeded by||Jo Grimond|
|Born||12 June 1888|
Leith, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Died||13 September 1974 (aged 86)|
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Resting place||Uyea Chapel Cemetery, Uyea, Unst|
|Political party||Unionist Party|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Years of service||1911 - 1927|
|Unit||Royal Army Medical Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Neven-Spence came from a prominent landowning family in the Shetland Islands. Neven-Spence graduated from Edinburgh University in 1911. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, seconded to help the Egyptian Army and government of Sudan, and in the First World War, mainly in the Middle East. He received the Order of the Nile for his role in the Darfur Expedition. Following the war he organised a campaign to treat sleeping sickness in Darfur. He returned to the University of Edinburgh to study for an M.D., before moving to Aldershot in 1924 to work as a specialist physician to the British Army. He retired from the Army in 1927 with the rank of Major.
Neven-Spence first contested the Orkney and Shetland constituency in 1929, stepping down prior to the 1931 general election. He was re-elected in 1935 and served as the Member of Parliament until he lost his seat at the 1950 general election to Jo Grimond of the Liberal Party. He was knighted in 1945 and served as Lord Lieutenant of Shetland from 1952-1963. To the present day, Neven-Spence is the most recent MP for the Orkney and Shetland constituency to not be from either the Liberal Party or their successor party, the Liberal Democrats; as they have retained the seat ever since Grimond gained it at the 1950 general election. He once lived on the island of Uyea.
Basil St. Clair Neven-Spence, Sir Basil's son, served in the Colonial Office following serving in World War II. Basil St. Clair committed suicide at the age of 22, after having been assigned to the island of Tanna in the New Hebrides.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O"
- Rodman, Margaret (2001). Houses Far from Home: British Colonial Space in the New Hebrides. University of Hawaii Press. p. 151.
- Rodman, Margaret (2001). Houses Far from Home: British Colonial Space in the New Hebrides. University of Hawaii Press. p. 152.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Basil Neven-Spence
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Robert Hamilton
| Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland
Sir Arthur Nicolson
| Lord Lieutenant of Shetland
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