Sir James Duncan, 1st Baronet

Captain Sir James Alexander Lawson Duncan, 1st Baronet (1899 30 September 1974) was a British Conservative and National Liberal politician.

Born in Danville, Sir James served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Conservative Party in Kensington North from 1931 to 1945 when he was defeated in the Labour landslide of 1945. He was returned to Parliament as a National Liberal as the first Member of Parliament for the newly created South Angus constituency in 1950, and served until his retirement in 1964. He later became the parliamentary chairman of the National Liberals between 1956-1959.

He was married to Adrienne St. Quinton. After the death of his first wife Sir James remarried in 1966 to Beatrice Mary Moore Oliphant (1910-2003), widow of Philip Blair Oliphant.[1][2]

Sir James was created a baronet in 1957, of Jordanstone in the county of Perth; the title became extinct on his death.


  1. Obituaries: Lady Duncan of Jordanstone The Scotsman 4 April, 2004
  2. Sale of a century The Scotsman 16 July, 2004
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Maclay
Chairman of the National Liberal Party
Succeeded by
James Henderson-Stewart
Political offices
Preceded by
Fielding Reginald West
Member of Parliament for Kensington North
Succeeded by
George Rogers
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Angus
Succeeded by
Jock Bruce-Gardyne
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Jordanstone)

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