Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith was born in Glasgow in 1960 to Unionist MP Sir Tam Galbraith and his Belgian wife Baroness Simone du Roy de Blicquy. Sir Tam died in 1982 and Lord Strathclyde subsequently inherited the barony from his grandfather, a minister under the Secretary of State for Scotland, in 1985. He was 25.
Entering the House of Lords in 1986, Lord Strathclyde would quit his position as an insurance broker for Lloyd’s in 1988 when he was made Junior Whip. In 1989 he became Minister for Tourism, in 1990 Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the Scottish Office, Chief Whip in the House of Lords in 1994 and a Privy Councillor in 1995.
In 1998, he and the Conservative front bench in the Lords threatened to resign if the party did not accept the compromise negotiated with Labour by Lord Cranborne, the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. Although then-party leader William Hague accepted the proposals, he dismissed Cranborne, and Strathclyde was appointed to succeed him. In 1999 he became one of the 92 hereditary peers elected to remain in the House.
In May 2010, Lord Strathclyde became Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster though, in January this year, announced he would resign to pursue a career in business once more. He was subsequently appointed a Companion of Honour for his services.
Having written several studies on the British constitution, he counts among his achievements, “Protecting the integrity of the House of Lords and resisting government attempts to turn it into a ‘crony’ house of rubber stampers, helping to win pension rights for war widows and defending the right to trial by Jury.”
A governor of Wellington College, Berkshire, Lord Strathclyde lives at Westminster and the family estate in Mauchline, Ayrshire, with wife Jane Skinner and their three daughters.