Lord Moran sits on the cross-benches and succeeded his father (better known as Churchill’s wartime personal physician) in 1977.
He was born on 22 September, 1924. Educated at Eton, he served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, serving on the Lower Deck before attaining commissioned rank as an officer in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving in motor torpedo boats and the destroyer Oribi.
He joined the Foreign Office in 1945, commencing an illustrious career in the diplomatic service. Postings in Ankara, Tel Aviv, Rio de Janeiro, London, and Washington, D.C., were followed by his appointments as Ambassador to Chad, Hungary, and Portugal, culminating in his serving as High Commissioner in Canada from 1981 to 1984.
Since 1984 he has taken an active part in the proceedings of the House of Lords, with a specific interest in conservancies and angling, serving on the committees of many conservancy-related bodies. He was elected as an excepted hereditary peer in 1999. He has written lives of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Thomas Fairfax, and William Robert Grove.
Lord Moran was appointed C.M.G. in 1970 and K.C.M.G. in 1981.
Update: Lord Moran died on February 14, 2014. He was succeeded by his son James Wilson as the 3rd Baron Moran.