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(James) Ian Stewart Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron PC, PC , KC, JP (14 May 1880 - 14 August 1937) was a Britishmarker lawyer and Liberal politician.

Background and education

Macpherson was the son of James Macpherson, JP, of Invernessmarker, and Anne, daughter of James Stewart. Niall Macpherson, 1st Baron Drumalbyn, was his nephew. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and was called to the Bar, Middle Templemarker, in 1906.

Political career

Macpherson sat as Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty from 1911 to 1935. In 1916 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for War, a post he held until 1918, and then served as Deputy Secretary of State for War and Vice-President of the Army Council between 1918 and 1919, as Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1919 and 1920 and as Minister of Pensions between 1920 and 1922. He was admitted to the British Privy Council in 1918 and to the Irish Privy Council in 1919 and made a King's Counsel in 1919. He created a Baronet, of Banchor in the County of Inverness, in 1933 and raised to the peerage as Baron Strathcarron, of Banchor in the County of Inverness, in 1936.


Lord Strathcarron married Jill, daughter of Sir George Rhodes, 1st Baronet, in 1915. They had one son and two daughters. He died in August 1937, aged 57, and was succeeded in his titles by his son, David. Lady Strathcarron later remarried and died in August 1956.


  2. House of Commons, Rochester - Ryedale
  5. The London Gazette, 3 June 1918
  6. Privy Counsellors - Ireland
  9. The London Gazette, 28 April 1933
  10. The London Gazette, 14 January 1936

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