Arthur Lawson Johnston, 3rd Baron Luke, died at 82

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Arthur Charles St John Lawson Johnston, 3rd Baron Luke, born on January 13, 1933 and died October 2, 2015, he was a British peer.

Arthur Lawson was one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 until his retirement in 2015.

The son of the 2nd Baron Luke and Barbara Lloyd-Anstruther, he was educated at Eton College in Berkshire and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1957.

In 1996, Arthur Lawson succeeded to his father’s title. Johnston worked for the family firm Bovril Ltd from 1955 to 1971, served on Bedfordshire County Council from 1965 to 1970, and was a fine art dealer in watercolours of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Between 1962 and 1978, he was president of the National Association of Warehouse-keepers, and between 1983 and 1990, Commander of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade. Arthur Lawson was appointed High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1969.

He was also a member of the Court of the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy, of the Game Conservancy Association and of the Countryside Alliance.

Arthur Lawson is a Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John and a Freeman of the City of London.

In 2001-02, Arthur Lawson was Master of the Drapers Company, having been a Member of Court since 1993.

He entered the House of Lords in 1996 and following the Conservative party’s defeat in the 1997 UK General Election he became an Opposition Whip in the House of Lords.

Arthur Lawson was Opposition Spokesperson for Wales (2000–06), Transport (2002–04), Defence (2004–10) and Tourism (2010).

He retired from the House on 24 June 2015.

Arthur Lawson married, firstly Silvia Maria Roigt in 1959. They divorced in 1971, and he married secondly Sarah Louise Hearne, daughter of the actor Richard Hearne in 1971.

He has one son, the Hon. Ian James Lawson Johnston and two daughters by his first wife, and one son by his second wife.

Arthur Lawson passed away on October 2, 2015.

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