Malcolm Trustram Eve, 1st Baron Silsoe

Malcolm Trustram Eve, 1st Baron Silsoe

Arthur Malcolm Trustram Eve, 1st Baron Silsoe GBE, MC, TD, KC (8 April 1894 – 3 December 1976), known as Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve, 1st Baronet, from 1943 to 1963, was a British barrister and First Church Estates Commissioner.

Eve was the son of Sir Herbert Trustram Eve (1865–1937) KBE, President of the Rating Surveyors Association, and Fanny Jean, daughter of Rev. John Robert Turing of Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. He was a nephew of Arthur Stewart Eve and cousin of Alan Turing. He was educated at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford. In World War I he was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers and served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, being awarded the Military Cross and reaching the rank of Captain. He was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1919, became a King's Counsel in 1935 and Master of the Bench in 1943. He was chairman of the Air Transport Licensing Authority from 1938 to 1939. He remained in the Territorial Army after the war, reaching the rank of Colonel.

In World War II, he served with the armed forces from 1939 to 1941, before being appointed chairman of the War Damage Commission (1941), War Works Commission (1945), Local Government Boundary Commission (1945) and Central Land Board (1947). He served all of these organisations until 1949. From 1950 to 1953 he was chairman of the Burnham Committee and in 1952-53 he was President of the European Cement Association.

He was a Church Commissioner from 1949, a member of the Church Assembly from 1952, and was Third Church Estates Commissioner from 1952 to 1954. In 1954, he was appointed First Church Estates Commissioner. His other appointments included chairman of St.George's Medical School (1948), president of the Ski Club of Great Britain (1950), chairman of the Cement Makers' Federation (1951), chairman of St. George's Hospital (1952) and chairman of the Road Haulage Disposal Board (1953). In 1960, he headed an enquiry into the sugar industry of Fiji, prompted by the dispute between the Federation of Cane Growers and the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR).

Eve was created a Baronet, of Silsoe in the County of Bedford, in 1943 and in 1963 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Silsoe, of Silsoe in the County of Bedford.

Lord Silsoe married Marguerite, daughter of Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton, in 1927 and they had twin sons, David and Peter, in May 1930. His first wife died in 1945 and he subsequently married Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Wallace Robertson of Ayton, Berwickshire. Silsoe died in December 1976, aged 82, and was succeeded in his titles by his elder twin son David, who also became a prominent lawyer. He, in turn, was succeeded on the 31st December 2005 by his son Simon Rupert Trustram Eve (b. 17 April 1966).


  • Military Cross
  • B. A. (Oxon), 1919
  • M. A. (Oxon), 1927
  • Knight Grand Cross of the British Empire (Civil), 1950


  • Hankinson, C. F. J. (ed.), Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 1954, Odhams Press, 1954
  • Silsoe, Lord, Sixty Years a Welsh Territorial, Dyfed, Wales: Gomer Press, 1976
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Silsoe
Succeeded by
David Trustram Eve

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