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Sir Charles Cameron, 1st Baronet (18 December 1841 - 2 October 1924) was a Scottish doctor, newspaper editor and an advanced Liberal politician.

Cameron was born at Dublin, the son of John Cameron newspaper proprietor of Glasgow and Dublin. He was educated at Madras College, St Andrew's, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He also studied at medical schools in Paris, Berlin, and Vienna, but never practised medicine. He became editor of the North British Daily Mail in 1864, and was managing proprietor of the paper from 1873.[1]

In 1874 Cameron was elected Member of Parliament for Glasgow. The constituency was broken up under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and he was elected MP for Glasgow College in 1885. He held the seat until 1895.[2] Cameron was created baronet Cameron of Balclutha, Renfrew on 7 August 1893 for his journalistic and parliamentary services.[3] He was subsequently elected MP for Glasgow Bridgeton in 1897 and held the seat until 1900.[2]

Cameron was an active member of the House of Commons. He was responsible for the Inebriates Acts, secured various reforms in the Scottish Liquor Laws and was a member of the Royal Commission on the Liquor Licensing Laws in 1895. He was also behind laws conferring the municipal franchise on women, and acts abolishing imprisonment for debt in Scotland and was a member of the Departmental Committee on Habitual Offenders (Scotland) in 1894. His resolution led to the adoption of sixpenny telegrams and he was on the Committee on Transit of Cattle Coastwise in 1893. He wrote a number of pamphlets on medical, social, and political subjects.[4]

Cameron lived at Glenridge, Virginia Water, where he enjoyed motoring, riding, and travel. He died at the age of 82.

Cameron married firstly Frances Caroline Macaulay in 1869. Their son John succeeded to the baronetcy. Frances died in 1899, and he married secondly Blanche Perman.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Dalglish
William Graham
George Anderson
Member of Parliament for Glasgow
Constituency divided
With: George Anderson 1874-1885
Alexander Whitelaw 1874-1879
Charles Clow Tennant1879-1880
Robert Tweedie Middleton1880-1885
Thomas Russell1885
Succeeded by
Glasgow Blackfriars and Hutchesontown constituency
Glasgow Bridgeton constituency
Glasgow Camlachie constituency
Glasgow College constituency
Glasgow Central constituency
Glasgow St Rollox constituency
Glasgow Tradeston constituency
Preceded by
Glasgow constituency
Member of Parliament for Glasgow College
New constituency
Succeeded by
John Maxwell Stirling-Maxwell
Preceded by
Sir George Trevelyan
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Bridgeton
1897 –1900
Succeeded by
Charles Scott Dickson


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