Frances Davidson, Viscountess Davidson

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The Rt Hon.
The Viscountess Davidson
Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
In office
22 June 1937 – 8 October 1959
Preceded by Sir J.C.C. Davidson
Succeeded by James Allason
Personal details
Born Frances Joan Dickinson
(1894-05-29)29 May 1894
Died 25 November 1985(1985-11-25) (aged 91)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sir J. C. C. Davidson

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

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.


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.


She was appointed a DBE in 1952 and created a life peer as Baroness Northchurch, of Chiswick in the County of Middlesex, in 1963. She and her husband were one of the few couples who both held titles in their own right.


She died, aged 91, from natural causes.


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir J.C.C. Davidson
Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
Succeeded by
James Allason