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Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd was born on 18 November 1904 and educated at Sherborne School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was active in university politics and entered Parliament in 1931, winning Mid-Bedfordshire for the Conservatives. From 1938 he held several ministerial posts and served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II.
Lennox-Boyd was appointed Colonial Secretary in July 1954 and held the post until October 1959. During this time there was pressure from nationalist movements in many colonies and in 1957 Ghana and Malaysia became independent. The period also saw the creation of federations in Central Africa, southern Arabia and the West Indies and the Emergency in Kenya.
In 1960 Lennox-Boyd was elevated to the House of Lords as first Viscount Boyd of Merton. He became managing director of Arthur Guiness and Co. Ltd. and supported a number of organisations including the Overseas Service Pensioners' Association. He died on 8 March 1983.
For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.
Transcripts of interviews with Alan Lennox-Boyd,1st Viscount Boyd, relating to his political career and in particular his time as Secretary of State for the Colonies, organised by the Oxford University Committee on African Studies. Comprising
Donated by 2nd Viscount Boyd of Merton in April 1987.
Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 5221].
See also MSS. Eng. c. 3338-3823, d. 2426-2433 and Photogr. c. 34-7 for the papers of Alan Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton.