Clive Morrison-Bell

Sir Arthur Clive Morrison-Bell, 1st Baronet (19 April 1871 – 16 April 1956), known as Clive Morrison-Bell, was a British soldier and Conservative Party parliamentarian.[1]


Arthur was the son of Sir Charles William Bell and Louisa Maria Dawes.[2]

He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned in the Scots Guards in 1890. He served in the Boer War. In 1905, his father was created a Baronet.[3] That same year the family assumed by Royal licence the additional surname and arms of Morrison in 1905, for Charles' mother, Mary Wilhelmina Morrison, the daughter and heiress of Royal Navy officer John Morrison.[4]

Arthur was promoted Major in 1908, and retired from the army the same year.[1]

At the general election of January 1910, Morrison-Bell was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Honiton. In 1914, he rejoined the army at the beginning of the First World War, was captured in 1915 and returned to England in 1918.[1]

Morrison-Bell held the seat without a break until 1931, when he retired due to ill-health. He was created a baronet in the 1923 Birthday Honours.[1][5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1912 Morrison-Bell married Hon. Lilah Katherine Julia Wingfield, daughter of Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt. They had two daughters, Shelagh and Patricia, with a third daughter dying in infancy. Shelagh married Sir Ralph Abercromby Campbell, Chief Justice of the Bahamas, in 1968.[2]

The baronetcy became extinct when he died in 1956.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Sir Clive Morrison-Bell – 21 Years M.P. For Honton". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 17 April 1956. p. 13.
  2. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 2783. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ "No. 27868". The London Gazette. 29 December 1905. p. 9320.
  4. ^ "No. 27855". The London Gazette. 17 November 1905. p. 7706.
  5. ^ "No. 32849". The London Gazette. 31 July 1923. p. 5238.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Kennaway
Member of Parliament for Honiton
Jan. 19101931
Succeeded by
Cedric Drewe
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Harpford)
Succeeded by