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A Companion of Honour: The Story of Walter Elliot in Scotland and in Westminster - Colin Coote

Collins, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a stain to the foot of the reverse. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The death in 1958 of Walter Elliot deprived Scotland, the Conservative Party and public life as a whole of one of its most lovable and most respected figures. During forty years in Parliament as Member for Lanark, Kelvingrove, the Scottish Universities and finally Kelvingrove again, he became, like Sir Winston Churchill, a ‘child of the House of Commons’. As Secretary of State he was well known and liked throughout Scotland, rescued British Agriculture from ruin in the ‘Thirties, and organised the huge scheme for evacuating the cities which worked so efficiently in 1939. As a back bencher he became an ‘Elder Statesman’ — one of those who often impress more than Ministers.

Son of a famous Border character, he qualified as a doctor at Glasgow University, served as Medical Officer to the Scots Greys throughout the Great War and was returned as M.P. for Lanark in 1918 at the age of thirty. It was at this time that he met the author of this biography, also a young M.P., and they shared the triumphs and trials of the 1918-22 Parliaments. He first won office as second-in-command at the Scottish office in 1923, but his first resounding success was on Baldwin’s Empire Marketing Board. He became Financial Secretary to the Treasury in 1931, was promoted to the Cabinet as Minister for Agriculture, became Secretary of State for Scotland, and finally Minister of Health. During Munich he remained loyal to Chamberlain, and strove hard to be a bridge between its supporters and its passionate opponents. But he was not one of the Munichites retained by Churchill in 1940.

He was never again to achieve office. Under the post-war Labour Government he was chief Conservative spokesman on Health and Agriculture and a member of the Shadow Cabinet. But the shadow did not become substance when his party returned to power. In later years he travelled abroad on many missions — to Nigeria, the Middle East, Russia, the U.S.A. — was made a Companion of Honour and Lord High Commissioner to the Church of Scotland.”


Size: 8½" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages.
£6.50