The Lord Strathcarron
Ian Macpherson.jpg
Macpherson in 1920
Chief Secretary for Ireland
In office
10 January 1919 – 2 April 1920
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterDavid Lloyd George
Preceded byEdward Shortt
Succeeded bySir Hamar Greenwood, Bt
Minister of Pensions
In office
2 April 1920 – 19 October 1922
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterDavid Lloyd George
Preceded bySir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Succeeded byGeorge Tryon
Personal details
Born14 May 1880 (1880-05-14)
Died14 August 1937 (1937-08-15) (aged 57)
Political partyLiberal, National Liberal
SpouseJill Rhodes (died 1956)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh

(James) Ian Stewart Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron PC PC (Ire) KC JP (14 May 1880 – 14 August 1937), known as Sir Ian Macpherson, 1st Baronet, between 1933 and 1936, was a British lawyer and Liberal politician. In 1931 he joined the breakway National Liberal Party.

Background and education

Macpherson was the son of James Macpherson, JP, of Inverness, and Anne, daughter of James Stewart. Lord Drumalbyn, George Macpherson and Sir Tommy Macpherson were his nephews. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1906.[1]

Political career

Macpherson sat as Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty from 1911 to 1935.[1][2] 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.[1] He was admitted to the British Privy Council in 1918[3] and to the Irish Privy Council in 1919[1][4] and made a King's Counsel in 1919.[1] He was created a Baronet, of Banchor in the County of Inverness, in 1933[5] and raised to the peerage as Baron Strathcarron, of Banchor in the County of Inverness, in 1936.[6]


Lord Strathcarron married Jill, daughter of Sir George Rhodes, 1st Baronet, in 1915. They had one son and two daughters. He died in London in August 1937, aged 57, and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.[7] He was succeeded in his titles by his son, David. Lady Strathcarron remarried in 1938, to Hedley Ernest Le Bas, son of Hedley Le Bas, and died in August 1956.[1][8]


Coat of arms of Ian Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron
A cat-a-mountain sejant guardant having its dexter paw raised Proper.
Per fess Or and Azure a galley of the first masts oars and tacking Proper flagged Gules in the dexter chief point a hand couped fesswise holding a dagger palewise and in the sinister a cross crosslet fitchee of the last over all a fess chequy of the second and Argent.
Dexter a private soldier of the Cameron Highlanders in full service dress of the period 1916-18 sinister a Macpherson clansman of the period of 1745.
Le Cridhe's Le Cliu[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f James Ian Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron
  2. ^ " House of Commons, Rochester – Ryedale". Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "No. 30723". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1918. p. 6524.
  4. ^ Privy Counsellors – Ireland[Usurped!]
  5. ^ "No. 33935". The London Gazette. 28 April 1933. p. 2852.
  6. ^ "No. 34242". The London Gazette. 14 January 1936. p. 306.
  7. ^ The Complete Peerage, Volume XIII – Peerage Creations 1901–1938. St Catherine's Press. 1949. p. 563.
  8. ^ Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (1954). Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland, Including All the Titled Classes. p. 306.
  9. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1956.