THE Member of Parliament for Buteshire was born in 1869, and is the elder surviving son of Mr. James Lamont of Knockdow, a branch of the Lamonts of Cowal. He received his education at Winchester College and Downton Agricultural College, and has spent much time in Trinidad, where he has a large estate. He is an active member of the firm of John Lamont & Co., which has its headquarters in Glasgow. Apart from business he is a Deputy-Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Argyllshire, and was a member of the County Council from 1901 to 1907. He has written "Sketches from the History of Clan Lamont," and is an F.S.A. Scot. His chief interest of late, however, has been in politics. He was assistant private secretary (unpaid) 1906-8 to the late Premier, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. He is honorary secretary of the Scottish Liberal Association, and in 1900 contested Buteshire unsuccessfully against the Lord-Advocate, Mr. Graham Murray. On the elevation of the latter, in 1905, to be Lord-President of the Court of Session, Mr. Lamont tried again, and won the seat against the Solicitor-General (now Lord Salvesen); and once more, in 1906, he kept the seat against the attack of the Unionist, Mr. Guy Speir.

Back to Index of Glasgow Men (1909)