DOUGLAS, Francis Campbell Ross, 1889-1980, Baron Douglas of Barloch, journalist, solicitor and MP

Scope and Content

Papers of Francis Campbell Ross Douglas, Baron Douglas of Barloch, [1925]-1980, notably correspondence with politicians, public servants and others, 1937-1977, including (Edward) Hugh (John Neale) Dalton, Frederick James Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton, and Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, on subjects including the pasteurisation of milk, adulteration of food, fluoridation, the Solicitors' Bill of 1941, and his deputy speakership of the House of Lords; correspondence and papers concerning the case of JJ Scorey, newspaper editor, Malta, 1949; correspondence with Sir Emmanuel Kaye, 1963-1979, relating to fluoridation; miscellaneous personal papers, 1888-1980, including marriage certificates, Christmas cards, account books and press cuttings relating to the North Battersea election in 1940; letters of condolence to Adela Elizabeth Douglas, Lady Douglas, on the death of her husband, 1980; a typescript history of Maxfield Manor, the Douglas' home in Sussex, with related papers; printed volumes containing economic and social surveys of Germany, made by the Foreign Office and Ministry of Economic Warfare, 1944-1945; printed pamphlets and speeches by Douglas, 1929-[1977]; photographs and press cuttings relating to Malta, [1946-1949]; photographs of the Douglas family, [1925-1970].

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1889: educated at Glasgow University; Member, Public Works Loan Board, 1936-1946; Member, Railway Assessment Authority, 1938-1946; Labour MP for North Battersea, 1940-1946; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Parliamentary Secretary of the Board of Education, 1940-1945; Chairman, Finance Committee, London County Council, 1940-1946; Member, Anglo-Scottish Railway Assessment Authority, 1941-1946; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, 1945-1946; temporary Chairman, House of Commons and Chairman of Standing Committees, 1945-1946; Governor and Commander in Chief, Malta, 1946-1949; KCMG 1947; Vice-Chairman, Corby Development Corporation, 1950-1962; Deputy Speaker, House of Lords, 1962-[1980]; LLD, Royal University of Malta; Partner in Douglas & Company, Solicitors; died 1980.
Publications: Agriculture and Land Value Taxation (United Committee for the Taxation of Land Values, London, 1930); Land-Value Rating. Theory and practice (L. & V. Woolf, London, 1936); Rating and Taxation in the Housing Scene (J. M. Dent & Sons, London & Letchworth, 1942); Social Science Manual. Guide to the study of Henry George's 'Progress and Poverty' (Henry George Foundation of Great Britain, London, 1937); abridged George Henry's 'Protection or Free Trade' (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1929).


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Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

Northamptonshire Record Office holds papers relating to Douglas' role as Deputy Chairman of the Corby Development Corporation, 1950-1962.

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Custodial History

Given by Mr Lawrie Taylor, via the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, in 1990.