John Arbuthnot was born 11 February 1912 in Powys House, Kittybrewster, City of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom to Kenneth Wyndham Arbuthnot (1873-1915) and Janet Elspeth Sinclair-Wemyss (1889-1982) and died 13 June 1992 Worlington, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom of cardiac ischemia. He married (Margaret) Jean Duff (1919) 3 July 1943 in Holy Trinity, Brompton, Brompton, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.

Major Sir John Sinclair Wemyss Arbuthnot, 1st Baronet, MBE, TD (11 February 1912 – 13 June 1992) was a British Conservative politician.

Arbuthnot was born in Kittybrewster, Old Aberdeen, the son of Major Kenneth Wyndham Arbuthnot and Janet Elspeth Sinclair Wemyss.

He was educated at Eton College, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1933. He received his MA in 1938. He worked in the tea industry and was a Director of Folkestone and Dover Water Company and other companies. He served in World War II in the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Major. In 1940, he was seconded to work with explosives and was appointed MBE for his scientific work in 1944. He was decorated with the Territorial Decoration in 1951.

Arbuthnot stood in Don Valley in 1935 and Dover in 1945, losing to Labour candidates both times. He was elected as MP for Dover in 1950, serving until 1964. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Minister of Pensions from 1952 to 1955 and for the Minister of Health from 1956 to 1957. He was member of the Public Accounts Committee from 1955 to 1964. He also served as Second Church Estates Commissioner, the spokesman for the Church of England in the House of Commons, and as a Deputy Speaker.

On 26 February 1964, he was created Baronet, of Kittybrewster in the County of the City of Aberdeen.


Offspring of (Margaret) Jean Duff (1919) and Sir John Arbuthnot, 1st Baronet
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Mary Arbuthnot (1947)
William Reierson Arbuthnot (1950-2021) 2 September 1950 Jenkin's Well, Kent, England, United Kingdom 7 October 2021 Chelsea, London, England Tanya Bowyer Bower (living)
Louise Alexandra Mary Barry (living)
James Norwich Arbuthnot (1952) 4 August 1952 Jenkin's Well, Kent, England, United Kingdom Emma Louise Broadbent (1959)
Louise Victoria Arbuthnot (1954) 1954 Jenkin's Well, England, United Kingdom David Bernard Lancaster (1954)
Alison Jane Arbuthnot (1957)

  • Elizabeth Mary Arbuthnot (born 1947)[1]
  • Sir William Reierson Arbuthnot, 2nd Baronet (born 1950)
  • Rt. Hon. James Norwich Arbuthnot (born 1952)
  • Louise Victoria Arbuthnot (born 1954), married David Bernard Lancaster, son of Major Bernard Thomas Lancaster on 16 June 1984
  • Alison Jane Arbuthnot (born 1957)


  1. ^ Elizabeth Mary Arbuthnot at

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Thomas
Member of Parliament for Dover
Succeeded by
David Ennals
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title
Services to Church and state
(of Kittybrewster)
1964 – 1992
Succeeded by
William Arbuthnot

NAME Arbuthnot, Sir John, 1st Baronet
DATE OF BIRTH 11 February 1912
PLACE OF BIRTH Kittybrewster, Aberdeen
DATE OF DEATH 13 June 1992
PLACE OF DEATH Worlington, Suffolk
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Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
¶ Death
  • Visiting Suffolk while living in Ash, near Canterbury.
§ Remains
  • Buried West Hoathly churchyard, West Sussex

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