Malcolm Macnaghten

Sir Malcolm Macnaghten.

Sir Malcolm Martin Macnaghten KBE (12 January 1869 – 24 January 1955), was a Northern Ireland Unionist politician and judge, the fourth son of Lord Macnaghten, Bt..

Sir Malcolm was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union in 1890, he graduated with 1st class honours in history.[1] He was a Cambridge Apostle; he became a Barrister at Lincoln's Inn in 1894, a Bencher in 1915 and King's Counsel (KC) in 1919.

Macnaghten sat as Member of Parliament for North Londonderry in 1922 and then for Londonderry from 1922 to 1929. He was Recorder of Colchester from 1924–1928, and a Judge of the High Court of Justice, King's Bench Division from 1928-1947.

He was knighted (KBE) in 1920 appointed a Privy Counsellor in the 1948 New Year Honours.[2] He was Commissary of the University of Cambridge from 1926. He married the daughter of social reformer Charles Booth and had three daughters, all of whom became socialists and married Communists, and one son.

He kept a house at Campden Hill Court, London W8 and an Irish home - The End House, Portballintrae, Co. Antrim. Sir Malcolm died in January 1955, aged 86.


  1. "Macnaghten, Malcolm Martin (MNTN888MM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38161. p. 1. 30 December 1947. Retrieved 17 May 2010.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Thom Barrie
Member of Parliament for North Londonderry
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Londonderry
Succeeded by
Sir Ronald Deane Ross

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