Sir Norman Lamont was born 7th September 1869. He was a Scottish Liberal Party politician and a person of great standing in agriculture.
Norman Lamont was the son of Sir James Lamont, and therefore inherited his title from his father. His mother was Adelaide, the daughter of Sir George Denys.
Norman was educated at Winchester and the Downton Agricultural College, which is located near Salisbury, southern England. He was passionate about agricultural affairs and some of his published works are featured in the Royal Agricultural Society.
The Lamont Family has a rich history dating back hundreds of years. They were the original owners of Knockdow House and ruled over the Cowal peninsula of Argyll for many centuries.
When Norman’s father died in 1913, he succeeded the title of Baron (2nd Baronet), and became the 17th and last Laird of Knockdow House. Sir Norman never got married and did not leave an heir.
Norman lived a life very different from that of his adventurous father. His life was revolved around the Lamont family heritage and business interest in Scotland and Trinidad.
Norman took great interest in the history of Scotland and was passionate about the history of the Lamont Clan. He was its president in 1938, and he published several writings and addresses on the clan.
His interest in politics led to a rich career in the field, and throughout his career he held numerous political roles. Between 1904 and 1908, he held the position of Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Liberal Association. Between 1906 and 1908, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (the Prime Minister). In 1909, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Winston Churchill, and was also President of the Board of Trade.
In 1910, Norman Lamont lost his seat to the Conservatives at the general election. It was then that he decided to travel to Trinidad to work on his sugar plantation, which belonged to the Lamont family for a number of years.
In 1907, he took over the Trinidad plantations, then branched out into other crops. Fortunately, his hard work enabled him to retain the family property.
For many years, Norman split his time between his property in Trinidad and Knockdow House in Cowal. He worked very hard to maintain the reputation of the Lamonts, and was a member of a number of bodies, including the Legislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Governor of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture. He also lectured here and wrote various books about the Caribbean Islands.
Sir Norman Lamont died on 3rd September, 1949, aged 79, after being gored by one of his bulls. He died at his estate in Palmiste, San Fernando, Trinidad, and is also buried there.