Francis Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Barloch

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

Early lifeEdit

Douglas was educated at Glasgow University and later became a partner in Douglas & Company, solicitors, and also worked as a journalist. A member of Battersea Borough Council, he was mayor of Battersea in 1922–1923.[1]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Having unsuccessfully fought Yeovil in 1929, he was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Battersea North at a by-election 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).

He was an advocate of land-value rating and in 1936 wrote a book, revised in 1961, "to present a concise summary of the economic arguments in favour of the rating of land values".[2]

After the CommonsEdit

In 1946 Douglas he resigned from the House of Commons on being appointed Governor of Malta, which 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.[3] 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.


  1. ^ "New Mayors. Four Women Chosen., Elections In London And Country". The Times. 10 November 1922. p. 7.
  2. ^ Douglas of Barloch, Francis (1961). Land-Value Rating (Revised ed.). London: Christopher Johnson.
  3. ^ "No. 38888". The London Gazette. 18 April 1950. p. 1873.

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