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Henry McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway

Henry Duncan McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway, CBE (16 April 1879 – 23 May 1953) was a British politician, horticulturalist and industrialist. He was the son of Charles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway and Laura Pochin.

The Lord Aberconway

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Member of Parliament
for Bosworth
In office
3 December 1910 – 15 November 1922
Preceded byCharles McLaren
Succeeded byGuy Paget
Member of Parliament
for West Staffordshire
In office
12 January 1906 – 15 January 1910
Preceded bySir Alexander Henderson
Succeeded byGeorge Lloyd
Personal details
Henry Duncan McLaren

(1879-04-16)16 April 1879
Died23 May 1953(1953-05-23) (aged 74)
Spouse(s)Christabel Mary Melville Macnaghten
ParentsCharles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway
Laura Elizabeth Pochin


Born in Richmond upon Thames, he was educated at Eton and obtained a Master of Arts from Balliol College, Oxford. In 1903 he became a barrister of Lincoln's Inn.


Bodnant House – a family seat

In 1906 he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for West Staffordshire as a Liberal, and was Private Under-Secretary to the President of the Board of Trade, David Lloyd George, until 1908. In 1910, he stood for his father's old seat of Bosworth and replaced him. He left politics in 1922, and succeeded his father to the Barony in 1934.

McLaren was an industrialist, and chaired companies from both sides of the family, including John Brown & Company and the Tredegar Iron and Coal Company. In 1915 he was the founding chairman of the Design and Industries Association.[1] Around the end of his political career, in 1920, he had Aberconway House built as a residence in Mayfair. He would also inherit the family estate (originally his maternal grandfather's) in Conwy, North Wales, where he extensively developed and added to the Bodnant Garden. He was an avid horticulturalist and took interest in the breeding of rhododendrons and magnolias. He sponsored several botanical collectors, including George Forrest, and Rhododendron aberconwayi is named in his honor. He died at Bodnant, aged 74.[2]


He married Christabel Mary Melville Macnaghten (1890–1974), the daughter of Sir Melville Macnaghten, and had five children:


  • Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
  1. ^ DIA web site
  2. ^ Ray Desmond (25 February 1994). Dictionary Of British And Irish Botanists And Horticulturists Including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. CRC Press. p. 456. ISBN 978-0-85066-843-8.
  3. ^ IPNI.  Aberc.

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