Jack Browne, Baron Craigton

Jack Nixon Browne, Baron Craigton (3 September 1904 – 28 July 1993) was a Scottish Conservative politician.

The Lord Craigton
Lord Craigton 1959.jpg
Minister of State for Scotland
In office
22 October 1959 – 20 October 1964
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded byThe Lord Forbes
Succeeded byGeorge Willis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
7 April 1955 – 22 October 1959
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Harold Macmillan
Preceded byThomas Galbraith
Succeeded byThe Lord Strathclyde
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
3 November 1959 – 28 July 1993
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament for
Glasgow Craigton
In office
26 May 1955 – 8 October 1959
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byBruce Millan
Member of Parliament for
Glasgow Govan
In office
23 February 1950 – 26 May 1955
Preceded byNeil Maclean
Succeeded byJohn Rankin
Personal details
Born(1904-09-03)3 September 1904
Died28 July 1993(1993-07-28) (aged 88)
Political partyConservative

Early lifeEdit

The son of Edwin Gilbert Izod, he adopted the surname Browne in 1920 as his family felt his more unusual surname a handicap.[1]

Educated at Cheltenham College, Browne served in World War II as an Acting Group Captain in Balloon Command of the Royal Air Force. He was awarded the CBE in 1944.[1]

Political careerEdit

He unsuccessfully contested the working-class constituency of Glasgow Govan in 1945, but was elected as Member of Parliament for the seat in 1950, holding it until 1955. He was then elected as Member for Glasgow Craigton in 1955, holding that seat until September 1959 at which point he was elevated to the House of Lords.[citation needed]

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland from 1952 until April 1955, when he was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. In November 1959 he was created a life peer, as Baron Craigton, of Renfield in the County of the City of Glasgow.[2]

In October 1959 he was promoted to Minister of State for Scotland, holding that office until October 1964. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1961. He later held a number of important business positions, including chairman of United Biscuits Holdings,[1] and was associated with environmental groups including the World Wildlife Fund.[citation needed]


Coat of arms of Jack Browne, Baron Craigton
A Demi-Knight in Tilting Armour Argent garnished Vert and helmet grilled Or with a Wreath of these liveries Argent and Vert and thereon for crest a Plume of five Feathers Gules Argent Gules Argent Gules holding in his dexter hand a Crossbow Bolt Or feathered Argent and in his sinister hand a Garb Or banded Vert across his sinister shoulder
Per pale Argent and Or on a Pale Sable between dexter three Leopards' Faces Vert and sinister as many Leopards' Faces Gules a Lion rampant of the first armed and langued of the fifth
On either side a Knight in Tilting Armour Argent garnished Vert their helmets grilled Or and on a Wreath of the liveries Argent and Vert Plumes as in the Crest, that on the dexter holding a Crossbow Bolt Or feathered Argent and that on the sinister sustaining a Garb Or banded Vert resting upon his sinister shoulder
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  1. ^ a b c Tam Dalyell. "Obituary: Lord Craigton". The Independent. London. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Profile". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Life Peerages – C".

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Glasgow Govan
Succeeded by
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow Craigton
Succeeded by