- Glyn Mason, 2nd Baron Blackford
Glyn Mason was born in 1887 to Edith Mason née Affleck and William Mason (1862-1947). His father, created a
baronetin 1918 and 1st Baron Blackfordin 1935, was a barrister, a magistrate and Lord of the Manor.
Mason served as a
Colonelin the 14th Hussars, seeing action in World War Iin France, Salonicaand Palestine. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Orderin 1916, and made a Baronet in 1919.
In November 1922, Sir Glyn was elected unopposed as Conservative
Member of Parliamentfor Croydon North, then in Surrey. He kept his seat in the 1923, 1924, 1929, 1931 and 1935 general elections, facing Gilbert Foan for the Labour Party on three occasions. On 1 June 1940, Mason resigned his seat by accepting the stewardship of the Manor of Northstead.
World War II, Mason served in the City of LondonHome Guard. He became a Justice of the Peacein 1946 in Somersetand succeeded his father as second Baron Blackford in 1947. He was a Lieutenant of the City of London from 1951 to 1958.
Lord Blackford was a successful businessman, becoming Deputy Chairman of the
Midland Bank, and Chairman, then Hon. President of the Guardian Assurance Company.
House of Lords, Lord Blackford was Deputy Speaker. In the 1950s, he was considered for the post of Chancellor of the Primrose League, a conservative-leaning political and social organisation in honour of Benjamin Disraeli. He was awarded a CBE in 1962.
Mason married Grace Keen, with whom he had three children. His second son, Keith, succeeded him as Baron Blackford.
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