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The Viscount Younger of Leckie
George Younger caricatured by "HCO" in Vanity Fair, 1910
Born13 October 1851
Died29 April 1929 (aged 77)
Alma materEdinburgh Academy
Occupation(s)Businessman, politician
Political partyConservative Party

George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie (13 October 1851 – 29 April 1929), known as Sir George Younger, 1st Baronet between 1911 and 1923, was a British politician.

Early life

George Younger was born on 13 October 1851. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy.


Younger left college at the age of 17 on his father's death to run the family brewery of George Younger and Son, the business founded by his great-grandfather, George Younger (baptised 17 February 1722), of Alloa, Clackmannanshire. He became chairman in 1897.

Younger was a Deputy Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire from November 1901,[1] and Unionist Party member of parliament for Ayr Burghs from 1906 until 1922. He was also Chairman of the Unionist Party Organisation from 1916 to 1923, and Treasurer of the Unionist Party in 1923. He was created a baronet on 12 July 1911, and later Viscount Younger of Leckie on 20 February 1923.

Death and legacy

Younger died on 29 April 1929. One of his great-grandsons was the Conservative politician George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie (1931–2003), who held ministerial office as Secretary of State for Scotland from 1979 to 1986, and Secretary of State for Defence from 1986 to 1989.


His son, Charles, was a first-class cricketer who was killed in the First World War.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 27381". The London Gazette. 29 November 1901. p. 8415.
  2. ^ "Younger, Charles Frearson". Retrieved 29 March 2021.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byJoseph Dobbie Member of Parliament for Ayr Burghs 19061922 Succeeded bySir John Lawrence Baird Honorary titles Preceded byThe Duke of Montrose Lord Lieutenant of Stirlingshire 1925–1929 Succeeded byWilliam Laurence Pullar Party political offices Preceded byArthur Steel-Maitland Chairman of the Conservative Party 1916–1923 Succeeded byStanley Jackson Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Viscount Younger of Leckie 1923–1929 Succeeded byJames Younger Baronetage of the United Kingdom New creation Baronet(of Leckie) 1911–1929 Succeeded byJames Younger