Sir Ian Leslie Orr-Ewing MP

Born1893 Newark Castle, Ayrshire

Life Events

1917Married Helen Bridget Gibbs MBE, TD in St. Peter's, Eaton Square, Westminster
1917Birth of daughter Anthea Helen Orr-Ewing JP

Biography and Notes

Eldest son of Charles Lindsay Orr-Ewing, MP (see Orr-Ewing Bt) of Dunskey, Portpatrick, who died 1903, by Hon. Beatrix Mary Leslie (born 1871), only daughter of Walter James, Lord Ruthven (died 1921). Baptised at the Scotch Church, Alloway, Ayrshire. Educated at Harrow 1907-11; matric. Oxford (Worcester College) 1912 and Glasgow University 1913.

In the Great War he was in 1914 a motor cyclist attached to 3rd London Infantry Brigade, 2nd Lieut. Royal Scots Fusiliers November 1914, Lieut. 1915. Served in France April 1915 and was wounded at Ypres. ADC to General Officer Commanding 20th Division in France April 1916. Transferred to Scots Guards September 1916. Invalided out of the Army May 1918. For some years he was engaged in Architectural work. Contested Gateshead Borough for Parliament as Unionist May 1929. A candidate for St. Ives, Cornwall, at the 1931 election, but withdrew in favour of the Right Hon. Walter Runciman, Liberal, to avoid splitting the Nationalist vote. Member of the Carlton Club, from 1916.

Kt. Bach (1953). MP for Weston-super-Mare Division of Somerset from 1934. Parliamentary Priv. Secretary to Fin. Sec. to Treasury 1935 and to Min. for Agric. 1936. Parl. Priv. Sec. to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and to Min. of Food 1942. Mem. Rhodesia-Nyasaland Royal Commn. 1938-9.