- Also known as
Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton
primary name: Lennox-Boyd, Alan Tindal
other name: (Viscount) Boyd of Merton
- individual; politician/statesman; British; Male
- Life dates
- 18 November 1904-8 March 1983
- Born at Merton-in-Penninghame (hence the title in later life) on 18 November 1904, from an old Lowlands Scots family; educated at Sherborne and Christchurch, Oxford, where he was president of the Students' Union and the Oxford Conservative Association. Read for the Bar but entered politics in 1931; served as Colonial Secretary from 1954-1959 and therefore a trustee of the British Museum from June 1954-October 1959, as well as being a Trustee of the Natural History Museum; retired from politics at the general election in 1959, and in 1960 he was made a Companion of Honour and Viscount. Throughout his political career he played an important role in negotiations over the independence of former colonies of the British Empire, although he had the reputation of being an impediment to their constitutional reform. Managing Director of Arhtur Guiness & Sons between 1959 and 1967. Again a Trustee of the BM from March 1962-October 1977. While on an official visit to Aden he was presented with three South Arabian antiquities by the sheikh of Baihan, and which he lent to the British Museum from 1959 until they were purchased by Museum in 1995 from his widow, Patricia, Viscountess Boyd (q.v.); 1959, presented a small collection of Audhali items from Yemen to the Museum. There is a small amount of filed correspondence between R D Barnett (q.v.) and Sir Mortimer Wheeler (q.v.) concerning Lennox-Boyd's perceived opposition to their plan to appoint Gerald Lankester Harding to conduct an archaeological survey of the Western Aden Protectorate in 1959/60, and stating that he "has approached the Museum about his antiquities and that he has apparently had first-class acquaintance with some of the archaeological sites, in the state of which he was much interested" (ME Corres, 1959, q.v. Wheeler, from Barnett). Died 8 March 1983.
- Obituaries in 'The Daily Telegraph', 9 March 1983; 'The Times', 10 March 1983.
Philip Murphy, 'Alan Lennox-Boyd: A Biography', London: I.B. Tauris, 2005.