Archy Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope
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Archy Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope

The Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

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Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats

9 April 1992 - 1 May 1997
LeaderPaddy Ashdown
Jim Wallace
Paul Tyler
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal

10 June 2005
Life Peerage
Member of the Parliament
for Roxburgh and Berwickshire

10 June 1983 - 11 April 2005
Constituency Established
Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1946-04-22) 22 April 1946 (age 74)
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Spouse(s)Rosemary Chester
Alma materHeriot-Watt University

Archibald Johnstone Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope, PC (born 22 April 1946) is a British politician, a member of the Liberal Democrats.


Kirkwood was educated at Cranhill Secondary School[1] in Cranhill, Glasgow and studied pharmacy at Heriot-Watt University, gaining a BSc in 1971. He became a solicitor in Hawick and Notary public.

Parliamentary career

Kirkwood was Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Roxburgh and Berwickshire from 1983 until 2005.

In 1986 he with two other MPs Simon Hughes MP and Michael Meadowcroft MP and the National League of Young Liberals and other parts of the party produced the booklet Across the Divide Liberal Values on Defence and Disarmament. This was the rally call that defeated the party leadership in the debate over the issue of an independent nuclear deterrent.

A Chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Work and Pensions, Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, is listed in the House of Lords Register of Interests (Session 2006-2007)[2] as the Chairman of the Unum Customer Advisory Panel for which he received payment from Unum. He received additional payments for other work for Unum.

Personal life

Kirkwood was knighted in the 2003 New Year Honours,[3][4] and dubbed by the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on 3 July 2003.[5]

On 13 May 2005 it was announced that he would be created a life peer, and on 10 June 2005 he was created Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope, of Kirkhope in the Scottish Borders.[6]

He married Rosemary Chester on 30 December 1972. They have a son and daughter.


  1. ^ "site of Cranhill school - Wikimapia".
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  3. ^ "No. 56797". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2002. p. 1.
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS - In Depth - 2003 - New Year Honours - Knights bachelor - full list". 31 December 2002.
  5. ^ "No. 57030". The London Gazette. 15 August 2003. p. 10218.
  6. ^ "No. 57675". The London Gazette. 15 June 2005. p. 7779.

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