Hugh Molson, Baron Molson

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Arthur Hugh Elsdale Molson, Baron Molson, PC (29 June 1903 – 13 October 1991) was a British Conservative politician and member of the Molson family of Montreal.

The Lord Molson
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Minister of Works
In office
Preceded byPatrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn
Succeeded byJohn Hope, 1st Baron Glendevon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport
In office
11 November 1953 – 9 January 1957
Preceded byJohn Profumo
Succeeded byRichard Nugent
Member of Parliament
for High Peak
In office
7 October 1939 – 31 January 1961
Preceded bySir Alfred Law
Succeeded byDavid Walder
Member of Parliament
for Doncaster
In office
27 October 1931 – 14 November 1935
Preceded byWilfred Paling
Succeeded byAlfred Short
Personal details
Arthur Hugh Elsdale Molson

(1903-06-29)29 June 1903
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Died13 October 1991(1991-10-13) (aged 88)
Westminster, London, England
Political partyConservative
Nancy Astington
(m. 1949; died 1991)
FatherJohn Elsdale Molson
Alma materNew College, Oxford


Born in Chelmsford, Essex, the only surviving son of Major John Elsdale Molson, Member of Parliament for Gainsborough from 1918 to 1923, and Mary Leeson, he was educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, and Dartmouth, at Lancing, and New College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1925 and graduated with first-class honours in Jurisprudence in 1925.[1] He became a Barrister-at-Law at the Inner Temple in 1931. He worked as Political Secretary of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India from 1926 to 1929.

He was commissioned 4 March 1939[2] and served with 36th (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1939 to 1941 and was Staff Captain with the 11th Anti-Aircraft Division from 1941 to 1942.

He was the unsuccessful Conservative candidate in Aberdare in 1929, and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster from 1931 to 1935 and for High Peak, Derbyshire from 1939 to 1961. He was elected unopposed at the 1939 High Peak by-election, after the death of Alfred Law. He held Ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works from 1951 to 1953, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation from November 1953 to January 1957, and as Minister of Works from 1957 until October 1959. He was a Member of the Monckton Commission on Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1960, and Chairman of the Commission of Privy Counsellors on the dispute between Buganda and Bunyoro in 1962.

Molson married Nancy Astington, daughter of W.H. Astington, Bramhall, Cheshire, in 1949.[3]

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1956, and was created a Life Peer on 21 February 1961 as Baron Molson, of High Peak in the County of Derby.[4]

In later life he was Chairman (1968–71) and President (1971–80) of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. He died in Westminster in 1991 aged 88.

At Lancing he was a contemporary and close friend of Evelyn Waugh, and known as "Luncher". To the young Waugh he represented a figure of louche daring, as evidenced by many suggestive but mostly inexplicit references in his published letters and diaries. They were less close from Oxford onwards.

Notable quotationsEdit

  • "I will look at any additional evidence to confirm the opinion to which I have already come."[5]
Coat of arms of Hugh Molson, Baron Molson
A crescent Argent between two wings the dexter Gules the sinister Azure each charged with a maple leaf Or.
Per pale Azure and Gules three crescents Argent on a chief Ermine a lion passant guardant Or between two roses of the third barbed and seeded Proper.
On either side a golden retriever dog Proper gorged with a collar indented throughout Or and Gules lined Sable.
Industria Et Spe (By Industry And Hope)[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Oxford University Calendar 1928, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1927, p.223
  2. ^ "No. 34610". The London Gazette. 24 March 1939. p. 7.
  3. ^ Who's Who, 1965, London : A. & C Black, 1965, p. 2140.
  4. ^ "No. 42285". The London Gazette. 21 February 1961. p. 1359.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1973.

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