Michael Noble, Baron Glenkinglas

Michael Antony Cristobal Noble, Baron Glenkinglas, PC (19 March 1913 – 15 May 1984) was a Scottish Tory politician.

The Lord Glenkinglas

Photograph of Noble by Elliott & Fry,
taken 26 September 1962.
President of the Board of Trade
In office
20 June 1970  15 October 1970
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byRoy Mason
Succeeded byJohn Davies (Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
16 October 1964  23 January 1969
LeaderAlec Douglas-Home
Edward Heath
Succeeded byGordon Campbell
Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
13 July 1962  16 October 1964
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded byJohn Maclay
Succeeded byWilliam Ross
Member of Parliament
for Argyll
In office
12 June 1958  28 February 1974
Preceded byDuncan McCallum
Succeeded byIain MacCormick
Personal details
Born(1913-03-19)19 March 1913
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
Died15 May 1984(1984-05-15) (aged 71)
Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Anne Pearson
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
ProfessionLandowner, farmer

Noble was the youngest son of Sir John Noble, 1st Baronet, and the grandson of Sir Andrew Noble, 1st Baronet, and was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford. A farmer, he was president of the Black Face Sheep Breeders' Association and the Highland Cattle Society. He was an Argyll County Councillor and a director of Associated Fisheries.

From a by-election in June 1958 until his retirement in 1974 he was Member of Parliament for Argyll.

Noble was a Scottish whip from 1960 and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 1961. He was Secretary of State for Scotland from 1962 to 1964 in the governments of Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home, taking over from John Maclay after the Night of the Long Knives. He returned to government as President of the Board of Trade in 1970 and as Minister for Trade from 1970 to 1972 under Edward Heath.

As Scottish Secretary, he presided over the last execution in Scotland when Henry John Burnett was hanged at Craiginches Prison in Aberdeen on the morning of 15 August 1963 by the hangman Harry Allen for the murder of merchant seaman Thomas Guyan.

On 3 May 1974 Noble was elevated to the peerage as Baron Glenkinglas, of Cairndow in the County of Argyll.[1]

Although he was a good 25 years younger than the architectural historian Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel, the two had a very friendly feud. Noble is said to have joked that they were "best of enemies."

He died in May 1984, aged 71.


  1. "No. 46284". The London Gazette. 7 May 1974. p. 5585.
  • Torrance, David, The Scottish Secretaries (Birlinn 2006)
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990, ,
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Duncan McCallum
Member of Parliament for Argyll
1958February 1974
Succeeded by
Iain MacCormick
Political offices
Preceded by
John Maclay
Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
William Ross
Preceded by
Roy Mason
President of the Board of Trade
Jun–Oct 1970
Succeeded by
John Davies
(Secretary of State for Trade and Industry)
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