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Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn
(2 April 1901 - 5 November 1974)
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Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn, 1st and last Baron Hailes

Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn was the first and only Governor General of the West Indies Federation.

Early life and education

Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn, 1st and last Baron Hailes was born on 2 April 1901. He was the son of Sir Archibald Buchan-Hepburn of Smeaton Hepburn, 4th Bt. and Edith Agnes Karslake.1

Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn, 1st and last Baron Hailes was educated at Harrow School, Harrow on the Hill, London, England. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

Career

He was Honorable Attaché to Constantinople between 1925 and 1927. He held the office of Councillor for the London City Council between 1930 and 1931, North Kensington. He held the office of Parliamentary Private Secretary in 1931, to Rt. Hon. Oliver Stanley. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Conservative) for East Toxteth between 1931 and 1950. He held the office of Junior Lord of the Treasury in 1939. He held the office of Deputy Chief Whip (Conservative) of the House of Commons in 1945. He held the office of Chief Whip (Conservative) of the House of Commons in 1948. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Conservative) for Beckenham between 1950 and 1957. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1951. He held the office of Parliamentary Secretary of the Treasury between 1955 and 1957. He held the office of Chief Government Whip of the House of Commons between 1955 and 1957. He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire (G.B.E.) in 1957.

He held the office of Governor-General of the West Indies between 1958 and 1962. He was created 1st Baron Hailes, of Prestonkirk, East Lothian [U.K.] on 15 February 1957. He was decorated with the award of Companion of Honour (C.H.) in 1962.

Personal life

Buchan-Hepburn married Diana Mary Lambton, daughter of Brigadier-General the Hon. Charles Lambton and Lavinia Marion Garforth, on 7 June 1945. They had no children. He was step-father to Diana's son, Sir Nicholas Frederick Hedworth Williamson, 11th Baronet.

Death

He died on 5 November 1974 at age 73.  On his death, his barony expired.

Resources

VIDEO GALLERY
West Indies Governor General Lord Hailes in Jamaica
Arrival of Lord Hailes in Trinidad and Tobago
Sources
http://www.thepeerage.com/p4677.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Buchan-Hepburn,_1st_Baron_Hailes
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Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn
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OCCUPATION: Politician
 
BORN:  2 April 1901
 
DIED: 5 November 1974
 
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Governor General of the West Indies Federation: 1958 - 1962
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