Friday, January 27, 2017

Tam Dalyell (1932-2017)

_. Tam Dalyell, who died 26 January, 2017, aged 84, was a tenacious Labour MP known for the 'West Lothian question' - who was Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, 11th Baronet {but did not use the title}.

He was born 9 Aug 1932, son of Lt-Col Gordon Loch, CIE, DL, JP, by his wife (Dame) Eleanor Isobel Dalyell of the Binns (de jure Baronetess). His parents assumed the surname & arms of Dalyell of The Binns (officially recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms); he succeeded his mother as 11th baronet upon her death in 1972 and in 1973 he successfully established his claim to the baronetcy but decided not to use the title.

He was elected Labour MP for West Lothian in 1962; became Father of the House of Commons in 2001; he left the Commons at the General Election in 2015, &c.

Tam Dalyell married in 1963, the Hon Kathleen Mary Agnes Wheatley, daughter of the life peer Baron Wheatley, by whom he had issue. He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his only son, Gordon Wheatley Dalyell, who was born 26 September, 1965.


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