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Whitelaw, Viscount (UK, 1983 - 1999)


Creation: let. pat. 16 Jun 1983


Extinct: 1 Jul 1999


Family name: Whitelaw




Sable a Chevron engrailed Or between three Boars' Heads couped Argent armed and langued Or


A Bee erect proper


On either side a Charolais Bull in trian aspect proper each with a Garland about the shoulder of Roses Gules barbed and seeded slipped and leaved and Thistles stalked and leaved proper and interlaced in front with two Pairs of Golf Clubs fretted saltirewise Gold;  the Compartment comprising three Mounts of Moorland proper growing from each of these to the fore two Roses and as many Thistles the Roses Gules barbed and seeded stalked and leaved proper and the Thistles stalked and leaved also proper


Solertia Ditat (Prudence enriches)



William Stephen Ian [Whitelaw], 1st Viscount Whitelaw, KT CH MC PC

son of William Alexander Whitelaw, of Monkland, Nairn, by his wife Helen Winifred Russell, dau. of Maj Gen Frank Shirley Russell CMG, by his wife Philippa Baillie, dau. of Rt Hon Henry James Baillie MP, of Redcastle, co. Ross, by his wife Hon Philippa Eliza Sydney Smythe, 1st dau. of Percy Clifton Sydney [Smythe], 6th Viscount Strangford


28 Jun 1918


6 Feb 1943 Cecilia Dorel Sprot, 2nd dau. of Maj Mark Sprot, of Riddell, by Melrose, co. Roxburgh, by his wife Meliora Hay, dau. of Sir John Adam Hay, 9th Bt. of Smithfield and Haystoun


1. Hon (Elizabeth) Susan Whitelaw (b. 1944), mar. 1 Feb 1966 (div. 19...) Hon Nicholas John Cunliffe-Lister, of Glebe House, Masham, co. York, brother of David Yarburgh [Cunliffe-Lister], 2nd Earl of Swinton, and 2nd son of Maj Hon John Yarburgh Cunliffe-Lister (by his wife Anne Irvine Medlicott, 2nd dau. of Rev Canon Robert Sumner Medlicott, Rector of Burghclerc, Newbury, co. Berkshire), 1st son and heir ap. of Philip [Loyd-Graeme later Cunliffe-Lister], 1st Earl of Swinton, and has issue

2. Hon Carolyn Meliora Whitelaw (b. 1946), mar. (1) 1973 (div. 1979) Robert Donald Macleod Thomas, and (2) 1983 Michael Francis Graves-Johnston, and has issue by both husbands

3. Hon Mary Cecilia Whitelaw (b. 1947), mar. 1972 David Alexander Coltman, of Haystoun House, Peebles (b. 5 Aug 1942), 2nd son of Col Thomas Alexander Hamilton Coltman OBE, of Laigh Aldons, Girvan, co. Ayr, by his wife Susan Stella Tufton, only dau. of Hon Charles Henry Tufton CMG (by his wife Stella Josephine Faudel-Philips OBE, yst, dau. of Sir George Faudel-Philips, 1st Bt.), 3rd son of Henry James [Tufton], 1st Baron Hothfield, and has issue

4. Hon Pamela Winifred Whitelaw (b. 1951), mar. 27 Apr 1974 Malise Charles Richard Graham, of The Cottage, Sproxton, co. Leicester (b. 19 Sep 1948), 2nd son of Sir Charles Spencer Richard Graham, 6th Bt., by his wife (Isabel) Susan Anne Surtees, only dau. of Maj Robert Lambton Surtees, and has issue


s.p.m. 1 Jul 1999


16 Jun 1983 Viscount Whitelaw, of Penrith in the County of Cumbria


Maj, Scots Guards during World War II; MC 1944; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Penrith and the Borders 1955-83; Parliamentary Private Secretary to President of Board of Trade 1956 and Chancellor of the Exchequer 1957-58; Assistant Government Whip 1959-61; a Lord of the Treasury 1961-62; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour 1962-64; Opposition Chief Whip 1964-70; Privy Councillor 1967; Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 1970-72;  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1972-73;  Secretary of State for Employment 1973-74;  CH 1974; Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1975-79; Secretary of State for the Home Department 1979-83 ; Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords 1983-88; Knight of the Thistle 1990


On the death of the 1st Viscount Whitelaw the Viscountcy of Whitelaw became extinct.


 Last updated 17 Nov 2003



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