- Derick Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Viscount Amory
The Right Honourable
The Viscount Amory
KG GCMG TD PC DL
Chancellor of the Exchequer In office
6 January 1958 – 27 July 1960
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan Preceded by Peter Thorneycroft Succeeded by Selwyn Lloyd Personal details Born 26 December 1899
St George's, Hanover Square, London
Died 20 January 1981(aged 81)
Political party Conservative
Derick Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Viscount Amory ( // ay-mər-ee; KG, GCMG, TD, PC, DL; 26 December 1899 – 20 January 1981) was a British Conservative politician. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1958 to 1960 and as Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1972 to 1981.
Background and education
Heathcoat-Amory was born at St George's, Hanover Square, London, the son of Sir Ian Heathcoat-Amory, 2nd Baronet (see Heathcoat-Amory Baronets) and Alexandra Georgina (d. 1942), daughter of Vice-Admiral Henry Seymour. He was an uncle of David Heathcoat-Amory. He was educated at Eton College and at Christ Church, Oxford.
Heathcoat-Amory became a Devon County Councillor in 1932 and worked in textile manufacturing and banking. After service in the Territorial Army Royal Artillery (including being wounded and captured during Operation Market-Garden), in which he reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, he was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1945 (a constituency previously represented by his grandfather Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Baronet). When the Conservatives came to power under Winston Churchill in 1951 he was appointed Minister of Pensions. In September 1953 he was made Minister of State for Trade. He entered the cabinet under Churchill in July 1954 succeeding Sir Thomas Dugdale as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (while continuing as Minister of State for Trade). In October 1954 the Ministry merged with the Ministry of Food still in command of Heathcoat-Amory. Gwilym Lloyd George had previously been in charge of Food. He remained in the post until he became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1958, under Harold Macmillan, an office he retained until 1960.
He retired from the House of Commons in 1960 and was raised to the peerage as Viscount Amory, of Tiverton in the County of Devon, on 1 September of that year. Lord Amory had been sworn of the Privy Council in 1953 and was appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1968. He was awarded the honorary degree of Hon. LLD (Exon) from the University of Exeter in 1959 and served as Chancellor of the university from 1972 to 1981.
Lord Amory succeeded his brother to the Heathcoat-Amory Baronetcy in 1972. He died unmarried in January 1981, aged 81. The viscountcy became extinct on his death while the baronetcy passed to his younger brother.
- ^ G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 5.
- ^ thepeerage.com Derick Heathcoat-Amory, 1st and last Viscount Amory
- ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Tipperary South to Tyrone West
- ^ London Gazette: . 2 September 1960.
- ^ London Gazette: . 23 April 1968.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Derick Heathcoat-Amory
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
Political offices Preceded by
Minister of Pensions
New office Minister of State for Trade
Sir Thomas Dugdale, Bt
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Hon. John Hare
Hon. Gwilym Lloyd George
as Minister of Food
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Academic offices Preceded by
The Duchess of Devonshire
Chancellor of the University of Exeter
Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Viscount Amory
Extinct Baronetage of the United Kingdom Preceded by
(of Knightshayes Court)
First Lord of the TreasurySir Winston Churchill (1951–55)
Lord Chancellor Lord President of the Council Lord Privy Seal Chancellor of the ExchequerRab Butler (1951–55) Foreign SecretarySir Anthony Eden (1951–55) Home Secretary
Minister of Agriculture and FisheriesDavid Heathcoat-Armory (1954–55) Secretary of State for the Colonies Minister for Coordination of Transport, Fuel and PowerThe Lord Leathers (1951–53) Minister of Defence Minister of EducationSir David Eccles (1954–55) Minister of HealthHarry Crookshank (1951–52) Ministry of Housing and Local Government Minister of Labour and National ServiceSir Walter Monckton (1951–55) Chancellor of the Duchy of LancasterThe Lord Woolton (1952–55) Minister of MaterialsThe Lord Woolton (1953–55) Paymaster GeneralThe Lord Cherwell (1951–53) Secretary of State for ScotlandJames Stuart (1951–55) University of Exeter
Departments: Bill Douglas Centre • Camborne School of Mines • Institute of Cornish Studies • University of Exeter Business School • Centre for Leadership Studies • Xfi Centre for Finance and Investment
Sport: University of Exeter Hockey Club • University of Exeter A.F.C. • Exeter University Rugby Football Club
Accommodation: Halls of Residence
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