Henry Dalziel, 1st Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy

James Henry Dalziel, 1st Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy PC (24 April 1868 – 15 July 1935), known as Sir Henry Dalziel, Bt, between 1918 and 1921, was a British newspaper proprietor, Liberal politician and supporter of David Lloyd George.

The Lord Dalziel of Kirkcaldy

Henry Dalziel.jpg
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Kirkcaldy Burghs
In office
Preceded bySir George Campbell
Succeeded byThomas Kennedy
Personal details
James Henry Dalziel

(1868-04-24)24 April 1868
Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Died15 July 1935(1935-07-15) (aged 67)
Hove, East Sussex, England
Political partyScottish National Party (after 1934)
Other political
Liberal (before 1922)
National Party of Scotland (1922—1934)
Amy Thackery
(m. 1928)
FatherJames Dalziel
EducationBorgue Academy
Shrewsbury High School
Alma materKing's College, London
OccupationPolitician, journalist, newspaper proprietor

Background and educationEdit

Dalziel was born in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire, the son of James Dalziel (died 1904), a shoemaker. He was educated at Borgue Academy, Shrewsbury High School, and King's College London.[1]


Originally a journalist, Dalziel became Member of Parliament (MP) for Kirkcaldy Burghs in 1892. He was also an outspoken advocate of home rule for Scotland, Ireland and Wales. After his retirement he joined the National Party of Scotland.

In 1914 he became sole owner of Reynolds's News, in which he had long had a financial interest. He also bought the Pall Mall Gazette in 1917 and the same year was given the Freedom of the City of Kirkcaldy.[2] Lloyd George made him chairman and political director of the Daily Chronicle in 1918. He sold all his newspaper interests in 1922.


Dalziel was knighted in 1908,[3] and appointed to the Privy Council in 1912.[4] He was created a Baronet, of Brooklands, Chobham, in the County of Surrey, in 1918.[5] Dalziel was raised to the peerage as Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy, of Marylebone in the County of London, in the 1921 Birthday Honours.[6][7]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Dalziel of Kirkcaldy married Amy (née Thackery), widow of Donald Macreae, in July 1928 at the British Embassy in Paris.[2] They had no children. He died in July 1935, aged 67, when the baronetcy and barony became extinct.[1]


  1. ^ a b thepeerage.com James Henry Dalziel, 1st and last Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy
  2. ^ a b "Men and Women of Today". Dundee Courier. 25 April 1931. Retrieved 18 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "No. 28206". The London Gazette. 18 December 1908. p. 9650.
  4. ^ "No. 28621". The London Gazette. 25 June 1912. p. 4549.
  5. ^ "No. 30655". The London Gazette. 26 April 1918. p. 5064.
  6. ^ "No. 32346". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1921. p. 4529.
  7. ^ "No. 32384". The London Gazette. 8 July 1921. p. 5480.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Campbell
Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy Burghs
Succeeded by
Tom Kennedy
Media offices
Preceded by
William Thompson
Editor of Reynold's News
1907 – 1920
Succeeded by
J. Crawley
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy
1921 – 1935
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Brooklands, Chobham, in the County of Surrey)
1918 – 1935