Sir John Barran, 2nd Baronet

Sir John Nicholson Barran, 2nd Baronet (16 August 1872 – 8 July 1952) was a British Liberal Party politician.

Background

Barran was the son of John Barran (1844–1886) and the grandson of Sir John Barran, 1st Baronet. His mother was Eliza Henrietta, daughter of Edward Nicholson. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He married firstly Alice Margarita, daughter of Reverend Leighton Parks, in 1902. They had three sons and one daughter. His youngest son Sir David Barran became a prominent businessman and served as Managing Director and Chairman of Shell. After his first wife's death in 1939 he married secondly Esther Frances, daughter of Francis Marion Bates Fisher, in 1946. Barran died in July 1952, aged 79, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son John.

Political career

Barran was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election in March 1909 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hawick Burghs.

1909 Hawick Burghs by-election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir John Barran 3,028 54.7
Liberal Unionist Halford John Mackinder 2,508 45.3
Majority 520 9.4
Turnout 92.8
Liberal hold Swing

He was re-elected with a large majority in January 1910

January 1910 general election: Hawick Burghs
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir John Barran 3,261 59.0 +4.3
Liberal Unionist James Edward Graham 2,268 41.0 -4.3
Majority 993 18.0 +8.6
Turnout 91.7 -1.1
Liberal hold Swing +4.3

He was returned unopposed in December 1910.[3] He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister H. H. Asquith from 1910 to 1916. After the war he tried unsuccessfully to return to parliament, standing as Liberal candidate for Kingston upon Hull North West at the general elections of 1922, 1923 and 1924.[4]

1922 general election: Kingston upon Hull North West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Albert Lambert Ward 14,904 57.1
Liberal Sir John Barran 11,204 42.9
Majority 3,700 14.2
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
1923 general election: Kingston upon Hull North West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Albert Lambert Ward 12,674 50.2
Liberal Sir John Barran 12,559 49.8
Majority 115 0.4
Turnout 73.7
Unionist hold Swing
1924 general election: Kingston upon Hull North West[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Albert Lambert Ward 15,072 53.3
Liberal Sir John Barran 8,080 28.5
Labour Ferdinand Louis Kerran 5,151 18.2
Majority 6,992 24.8
Turnout 81.2
Unionist hold Swing

Apart from his political career he was a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire.

References

  1. "Barran, John Nicholson (BRN891JN)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. The Times, 6 March 1909
  3. British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
  4. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  5. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  6. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  7. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Shaw
Member of Parliament for Hawick Burghs
1909–1918
Constituency abolished
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Barran
Baronet
(of Chapel Allerton Hall and Queen's Gate)
1905–1952
Succeeded by
John Leighton Barran

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