John Malcolm, 1st Baron Malcolm of Poltalloch

Lieutenant-Colonel John Wingfield Malcolm, 1st Baron Malcolm of Poltalloch, CB, VD (16 April 1833 – 6 March 1902) was a British soldier and Conservative politician.

Background and educationEdit

Malcolm was the son of John Malcolm, 14th feudal baron of Poltalloch, Argyll, and Isabella Harriet, daughter of John Wingfield. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political careerEdit

Malcolm was elected Member of Parliament for Boston in 1860, resigning in 1878 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead. He was later Member of Parliament for Argyllshire from 1885 to 1892. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1892[2] and raised to the peerage as Baron Malcolm of Poltalloch, in the County of Argyll, in 1896.[3]

He was a Captain of the Kent Artillery Militia and Honourable Colonel of the 5th Voluntary Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.[4]

In 1870 Malcolm played football for Scotland in the first unofficial England v Scotland International. He was one of two sitting MPs to play for Scotland in this match, the other being William Henry Gladstone.

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Malcolm married firstly the Honourable Alice Frederica Irby, daughter of George Irby, 4th Baron Boston, in 1861. After her death in October 1896 he married secondly Marie Jane Lilian, widow of H. Gardner Lister, in 1897. Both marriages were childless.

He died at Hyères, France, on 6 March 1902, aged 68, when the barony became extinct.[4] He left his estate to his younger brother Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm (1837–1930), who also succeeded as Laird of Poltalloch.[5] The latter's son was Conservative politician Sir Ian Malcolm (1868–1944).

Lady Malcolm of Poltalloch remained a widow until her death in August 1927.[1]


  1. ^ a b John Wingfield Malcolm, 1st and last Baron Malcolm of Poltalloch
  2. ^ "No. 26286". The London Gazette. 10 May 1892. p. 2703.
  3. ^ "No. 26747". The London Gazette. 9 June 1896. p. 3382.
  4. ^ a b "Obituary - Lord Malcolm of Pontalloch". The Times (36710). London. 8 March 1902. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Wills". The Times (36749). London. 23 April 1902. p. 11.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Herbert Ingram
Meaburn Staniland
Member of Parliament for Boston
With: Meaburn Staniland, to 1865;
Thomas Parry 1865–1866;
Meaburn Staniland 1866–1867;
Thomas Parry, 1867–1868;
Thomas Collins 1868–1874
Succeeded by
William Ingram
Thomas Parry
Preceded by
Donald Horne Macfarlane
Member of Parliament for Argyllshire
Succeeded by
Donald Horne Macfarlane
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Malcolm of Poltalloch