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Frances Davidson, Viscountess Davidson

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The Viscountess Davidson
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
13 January 1964 – 25 November 1985
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Hemel Hempstead
In office
22 June 1937 – 18 September 1959
Preceded bySir J.C.C. Davidson
Succeeded byJames Allason
Personal details
Frances Joan Dickinson

(1894-05-29)29 May 1894
Died25 November 1985(1985-11-25) (aged 91)
Political partyConservative
SpouseJ. C. C. Davidson
Children4, including Andrew
Parent(s)Sir Willoughby Dickinson
Elizabeth Meade

Frances Joan Davidson, Viscountess Davidson, Baroness Northchurch, DBE (née Dickinson; 29 May 1894 – 25 November 1985),[1] styled Lady Davidson between 1935 and 1937 and as Viscountess Davidson between 1937 and 1985, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

She was the daughter of Sir Willoughby Dickinson, later Baron Dickinson. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all Members of Parliament. She was educated at Kensington High School and Northfields, Englefield Green.[citation needed]


During World War I, she served in the Red Cross POW Department and was appointed OBE in 1919. When her husband, Sir J. C. C. Davidson, was created Viscount Davidson in 1937, she was elected at a by-election to succeed him as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Hemel Hempstead.[2] She held the seat until she retired from the House of Commons at the 1959 general election. For a short time after the 1945 general election, she was the only female Conservative MP.

Honours and arms[edit]

She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1952 Birthday Honours and created a life peer as Baroness Northchurch, of Chiswick in the County of Middlesex, on 13 January 1963.[3] She and her husband were one of the few couples who both held titles in their own right.

Coat of arms of Frances Davidson, Viscountess Davidson
Two coats per pale: Dexter Argent on a fess Sable between in chief two pheons Azure and in base a boar's head erased of the second a portcullis chained Or (Davidson); sinister Or a bend cottised between two lions passant Gules (Dickinson).
Dexter a horse Argent charged on the shoulder with a rose Gules barbed and seeded Proper, sinister a falcon Proper belled collared and lined Or.[4]


Davidson had two sons and two daughters (Margaret, Jean, Andrew and Malcolm). She died aged 91, from natural causes. Both sons inherited their father's title, as Andrew Davidson, 2nd Viscount Davidson and Malcolm Davidson, 3rd Viscount Davidson.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 372. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  3. ^ "No. 43219". The London Gazette. 14 January 1964. p. 385.
  4. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1973.

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
Succeeded by