Frances Joan Davidson, Viscountess Davidson DBE
(29 May 1894 – 25 November 1985), styled Lady Davidson
between 1935 and 1937 and as Viscountess Davidson
between 1937 and 1985, was a British Conservative Party
Background and education
Born as Frances Joan Dickinson
she was the daughter of Sir Willoughby Dickinson
, later Baron Dickinson
. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all Members of Parliament. She was educated at Kensington High School and Northfields, Englefield Green.
During World War I
, she served in the Red Cross POW
Department and was appointed OBE
in 1919. When her husband, Sir J. C. C. Davidson
, was created Viscount Davidson
in 1937, she was elected at a by-election to succeed him as Conservative Member of Parliament
(MP) for Hemel Hempstead
. She held the seat until she retired from the House of Commons
at the 1959 general election
. For a short time after the 1945 general election
, she was the only female Conservative MP.
She was appointed a DBE
in 1952 and created a life peer
as Baroness Northchurch
, of Chiswick in the County of Middlesex, in 1963. She and her husband were one of the few couples who both held titles in their own right.
She died, aged 91, from natural causes.