William McNair Snadden

Sir William McNair Snadden, 1st Baronet JP (15 January 1896 – 23 November 1959) was a Scottish Tory politician.

Sir William McNair Snadden
Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
2 November 1951 – 3 June 1955
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Preceded byJohn Robertson, Peggy Herbison and Tom Fraser
Succeeded byNiall Macpherson
Member of Parliament for Kinross and Western Perthshire
In office
21 December 1938 – 26 May 1955
Preceded byKatharine Stewart-Murray
Succeeded byGilmour Leburn
Personal details
Born(1896-01-15)15 January 1896
Died23 November 1959(1959-11-23) (aged 63)
Political partyUnionist

The youngest son of the Reverend James Snadden, the young Snadden was educated at Dollar Academy. In 1915, early in the Great War, he was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France between 1915 and 1917.[citation needed]

Snadden was elected as the Unionist Member of Parliament for Kinross and West Perthshire at a by-election in 1938, following the resignation of Katharine Marjory Stewart-Murray, Duchess of Atholl, who had left the Scottish Unionist Party in protest against the National government's European policy, and who stood again as an Independent; regaining the seat only narrowly, Snadden held it until he stood down at the 1955 general election. He was joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1951 to 1955.

He was Chairman of the Scottish Food Hygiene Council, President of the Smithfield Club, and President of the Scottish Unionist Association. He was a keen farmer and stock breeder in Perthshire.[citation needed]

On his retirement he was created a baronet. The baronetcy became extinct on his death.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Kinross & West Perthshire
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Coldock)