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Dunrossil, Viscount (UK, 1959)


Creation: let. pat. 12 Nov 1959


Family name: Morrison




Per bend sinister Gules and Argent a Demi-Lion rampant issuant Or armed and langued Azure holding in his paws a Battleaxe the Shaft curved of the third and the Axehead of the fourth in chief and in base issuant from the Sea undy Vert and Or a Tower Sable Windows and Port Or over all a Bend sinister embattled Azure charged with an Open Crown Or jewelled Gules between two Fleurs-de-lys Argent;  within a Bordure Vert for difference.


Issuant from waves of the Sea Azure crested Argent a Mount Vert thereon an embattled Wall Azure masoned Argent charged with a Portcullis Or and issuant therefrom a Cubit Arm naked proper the hand grasping a Dagger Azure hilted Or


On either side a Lion regardant Or armed and langued Gules collared Vert supporting between the exterior forepaw and interior hindpaw a Battleaxe Azure the shaft embowed


Above the Crest: Teaghlach Phabbay (The household or family of Phabbay); Below the Shield: An Tighnearna Mo Bhuachaille (The Lord is my Shepherd)



William Shepherd [Morrison], 1st Viscount Dunrossil, GCMG MC QC PC

6th son of John Morrison, of Torinturk, co. Argyll, by his wife Marion MacVicar, dau. of Ronald MacVicar. of Grenetote, North Uist


10 Aug 1893


22 Apr 1924 (Catherine) Alison Swan CStJ (d. 26 Mar 1983), dau. of Rev William Swan DD, Minister of South Leith Parish


1. Hon John William Morrison, later 2nd Viscount Dunrossil

2. Hon Alasdair Andrew Orr Morrison

3. Rev Hon Nial Ranald Morrison

4. Hon Godfrey Donald Morrison


3 Feb 1961


12 Nov 1959 Viscount Dunrossil, of Vallaquie on the Isle of Uist in the County of Inverness

suc. by



served in World War I as Capt, Royal Field Artillery; Private Secretary to Solicitor-General 1922-23 and 1924-27 and to Attorney-General 1927-28; Barrister, Inner Temple 1923; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Cirencester and Tewkesbury 1929-59; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Attorney-General 1931-35; Member, Medical Research Council 1932-35; Recorder of Walsall 1935; Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1935-36; Privy Councillor 1936; Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries 1936;  Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of Food 1939-40;  Postmaster-General 1940-43;  Minister for Town and Country Planning 1943-45;  Bencher, Inner Temple 1951; Speaker of the House of Commons 1951-59;  GCMG 1959; Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia 1960-61; KStJ


John William [Morrison], 2nd Viscount Dunrossil, CMG


22 May 1926

mar. (1)

3 Jul 1951 (div. 1969) Mavis Dawn Spencer-Payne, dau. of Dr Arthur Llewellyn Spencer-Payne, of St Anthony, Somerset West, Cape Province, South Africa

children by first wife

1. Hon Andrew William Reginald Morrison, later 3rd Viscount Dunrossil

2. Hon Ranald John Morrison (b. 9 Dec 1956), mar. 8 Sep 1979 Henrietta Frances Wilson, dau. of John Hilary Wilson, of Addison Road, London W8, and has issue

3. Hon Alasdair Godfrey Morrison (b. 4 Apr 1962), mar. 1987 Tania M Redman, only dau. of J A Redman, of Minehead, co. Somerset, and has issue

1. Hon Catriona Mary Morrison (b. 10 Jul 1952), mar. 1973 (div. 19...) John James Galt, of Glendale, California, USA, and has issue

mar. (2)

5 Dec 1969 Diana Mary Cunliffe Vise, dau. of C M Vise

children by second wife

2. Hon Joanna Catherine Morrison (b. 25 Apr 1971)

3. Hon Mary Allison Morrison (b. 12 Dec 1972)


22 Mar 2000

suc. by

son by first wife


F/Lt RAF, 1945-48; RAFVR 1948-53; KStJ 1983; with the Commonwealth Relations Office 1951-88: Private Secretary to Secretary of State 1952-54, 2nd Secretary Canberra 1954-56, 1st Secretary and Acting Depity High Commissioner East Pakistan 1958-60, 1st Secretary Pretoria/Cape Town 1961-64, seconded to Foreign Service 1961, seconded to Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organsiation 1968-70, Counsellor and Head of Chancery Ottawa 1970-74, Counsellor Brussels 1975-78, High Commissioner Fiji 1978-82, High Commissioner Barbados Antigua Barbuda Dominica Grenada St Vincent and The Grenadines 19682-83, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda 1983-88; KStJ 1983; Lord Lieutenant of the Islands Area of the Western Isles 1993-2000


Andrew William Reginald [Morrison], 3rd Viscount Dunrossil


15 Dec 1953

mar. (1)

1986 (div. 2010) Carla Marie Brundage

children by first wife

1. Hon Callum Alasdair Brundage Morrison (b. 12 Jul 1994)

1. Hon Catriona Leslie Morrison (b. 1986)

2. Hon Meredith Marie Morrison (b. 1988)

3. Hon Camilla Brooke Morrison (b. 1991)

mar. (2)

26 Dec 2012 Mary Shell Conoly Koontz Somoza


Last updated 20 Dec 2014




3rd Viscount Dunrossil, of Vallaquie on the Isle of Uist in the County of Inverness

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 12 Nov 1959)



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