Person NameGrimond; Jo (1913-1993); Baron Grimond, member of parliament
EpithetBaron Grimond, member of parliament
ActivityJo Grimond (1913-1993), Baron Grimond, was born in 1913, the son of a jute worker in Dundee. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Brackenbury scholar. Thereafter he studied law and was called to the bar in 1937. He served with the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry during the Second World War and rose to the rank of Major. In 1945 he stood as Liberal candidate for Orkney and Shetland but was narrowly defeated. He returned to the army and worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). He was appointed Director of Personnel of the UNRRA's European office. From 1947-1950 he was Secretary of the National Trust for Scotland. In 1950 he was elected member of parliament for Orkney and Shetland and retained the seat through all subsequent elections until he stood down in 1983. Following election to parliament he became chief whip of the Liberal Party. From 1956-1967 (and briefly in 1976) he was party leader succeeding Clement Davies. In 1983 he was created Baron Grimond of Firth in the Country of Orkney. He also contributed widely to newspapers and journals and broadcasted regularly on television and radio. He was director of the Manchester Guardian and Evening News Ltd in 1967. He was also Rector of Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities amongst others. He married Laura Bonham Carter (d 1994) in 1938. He died in 1993.
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