William Murray, 8th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield

William Murray, 8th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield

William David Mungo James Murray, 8th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield (born 7 July 1930), styled Lord Scone until 1970, is a Scottish nobleman and Conservative politician.

Mansfield is the only son of Mungo Murray, 7th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield, and his wife Dorothea Helena, younger daughter of Sir Lancelot Carnegie, and was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He served with the Scots Guards in Malaya in 1949 from 1950. He was called to the bar of the Inner Temple in 1958 and was a barrister from 1958 until 1971, when he succeeded his father.

Mansfield was a member of the British Delegation to the European Parliament from 1973 to 1975 (prior to the direct election of Members of the European Parliament), and was an opposition spokesman in the House of Lords from 1975 to 1979.

He was a Minister of State in the Scottish Office from 1979 to 1983 and in the Northern Ireland Office from 1983 to 1984. He was appointed an Honorary Sheriff for Perthshire in 1974, a Justice of the Peace in 1975 and a Deputy Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross in 1980.

He has also held a number of business and charitable appointments.

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