The Lord Erroll of Hale
Frederick Erroll, 1945
Member of the House of Lords
as a hereditary peer
19 December 1964 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byPeerage created
Succeeded bySeat abolished
as a life peer
16 November 1999 – 14 September 2000
President of the Board of Trade
In office
9 October 1961 – 20 October 1963
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byReginald Maudling
Succeeded byEdward Heath
Member of Parliament
for Altrincham and Sale
In office
5 July 1945 – 19 December 1964
Preceded byNew Constituency
Succeeded byAnthony Barber
Personal details
Born(1914-05-27)27 May 1914
London, England
Died14 September 2000(2000-09-14) (aged 86)
Elizabeth Barrow
(m. 1950)

Frederick James Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale, Baron Erroll of Kilmun, TD, PC (27 May 1914 – 14 September 2000) was a British Conservative politician.

Background and education

Erroll was the son of George Murison Bergmans, an engineer, and Kathleen, daughter of George Brodrick Edington, a Glasgow ironmaster. The family changed their German surname to Erroll during the First World War. He was educated at Oundle School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical sciences.[1]

Early life and Second World War

Erroll was an engineer at Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Manchester, 1936–38. He was commissioned into 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Territorial Army in 1939, and held technical appointments in connection with tank construction and testing (advising SEAC, 1940–43) and served in India and Burma, 1944–45. He left the forces in 1945 with the rank of colonel.[1]

Political career

Erroll was elected as Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale in 1945, holding the seat until 1964. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply, 1955–56; Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, 1956–58; Economic Secretary to the Treasury, 1958–59; Minister of State for Trade, 1959–61; President of the Board of Trade, 1961–63; and Minister of Power, 1963–64. In 1964 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Erroll of Hale, of Kilmun in the County of Argyll.[2] In 1972 he was President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Great Britain.[3] In 1999, aged 85, he was awarded a life peerage as Baron Erroll of Kilmun, of Kilmun in Argyll and Bute,[4] to allow him to sit in the House of Lords following the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, which excluded hereditary peers.[1]

He was a Member of the House of Lords Select committee on Science and Technology, 1985–91. He held a large number of business appointments.[1]

Personal life

He married Elizabeth Barrow in 1950. Lord Erroll of Hale died in Kensington and Chelsea aged 86. As they had no children, the hereditary barony became extinct on his death.[1]

Coat of arms of Frederick Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale
A chevronel round embattled Sable.
Per bend Azure and Gules on a bend embellished of six electric flashes Or a fleur-de-lys and two lozenges Sable.
Dexter an elephant guardant Sable, sinister a bear reguardant Argent muzzled Azure and from the muzzle a cord Sable ringed or and reflexed over the back.
It Will Come Out All Right [5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Roth, Andrew (18 September 2000). "Lord Erroll". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 43522". The London Gazette. 22 December 1964. p. 10933.
  3. ^ "The Battery-Electric Transport Future" (PDF). Contact. 24 (9, September 1972): 183–186. 1972.
  4. ^ "No. 55672". The London Gazette. 19 November 1999. p. 12349.
  5. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1973.
Parliament of the United Kingdom New constituency Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale 19451964 Succeeded byAnthony Barber Political offices Preceded bySir Edward Boyle Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply 1955–1956 Succeeded byIan Harvey Preceded byDerek Walker-Smith Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade 1956–1958 Succeeded byJohn Rodgers Vacant Economic Secretary to the Treasury 1958–1959 Succeeded byAnthony Barber Preceded byJohn Vaughan-Morgan Minister of State for Trade 1959–1961 Succeeded bySir Keith Joseph Preceded byReginald Maudling President of the Board of Trade 1961–1963 Succeeded byEdward Heath Preceded byRichard Wood Minister of Power 1963–1964 Succeeded byFrederick Lee Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Baron Erroll of Hale 1964–2000 Extinct