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The Right Honourable
 The Viscount Amory 

In office
6 January 1958 – 27 July 1960
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Peter Thorneycroft
Succeeded by Selwyn Lloyd

Born 26 December 1899(1899-12-26)
St George's, Hanover Square, London, UK
Died 20 January 1981 (aged 81)
Devon, England, UK
Political party Conservative

Derick Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Viscount Amory (pronounced /ˈeɪmərɪ/ (AY-məree),[1] KG, GCMG, TD, Bt, PC, DL, (26 December 1899 – 20 January 1981) was a British Conservative politician. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1958 to 1960 and as Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1972 to 1981.

Heathcoat Amory was the son of Sir Ian Heathcoat-Amory, 2nd Baronet and Alexandra Georgina (d. 1942). He was educated at Eton College and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Devon County Councillor in 1932 and worked in textile manufacturing and banking.

After service in the Territorial Army Royal Artillery (including being wounded and captured during Operation Market-Garden), in which he reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, Heathcoat Amory was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1945. He entered the cabinet under Sir Winston Churchill in July 1954 succeeding Sir Thomas Dugdale as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. In October 1954 the Ministry merged with the Ministry of Food still in command of Heathcoat Amory. Gwilym Lloyd George had previously been in charge of Food. He remained in the post until he became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1958, under Harold Macmillan.

Heathcoat Amory was awarded the honorary degree of Hon. LLD (Exon) from the University of Exeter in 1959. He retired from the House of Commons in 1960, when he was created Viscount Amory, of Tiverton in the County of Devon, on 1 September 1960, one of the last new hereditary peerages created for senior politicians before life peerages became the norm. In his later years, he was Chancellor of the University of Exeter. He succeeded his brother to the Heathcoat-Amory Baronetcy in 1972. On his death, the viscountcy became extinct, and the baronetcy passed to his younger brother.

He was an uncle of David Heathcoat-Amory.


  1. ^ G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 5.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gilbert Acland-Troyte
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
Succeeded by
Robin Maxwell-Hyslop
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Dugdale, Bt
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Succeeded by
as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Preceded by
as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
John Hare
Preceded by
Gwilym Lloyd George
as Minister of Food
Preceded by
Peter Thorneycroft
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Selwyn Lloyd
Academic offices
Preceded by
Duchess of Devonshire
Chancellor of the University of Exeter
Succeeded by
Rex Richards
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Amory
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Heathcoat-Amory
(of Knightshayes Court) 
Succeeded by
William Heathcoat-Amory


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