Fyfe, David Maxwell

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Fyfe, David Maxwell Gender: M
David Patrick Maxwell Fyfe
born on 29 May 1900 at 08:40 (= 08:40 AM )
Place Edinburgh, Scotland, 55n57, 3w13
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 07°30' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 16°59 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 09°21'

File:David Maxwell Fyfe.jpg
David Maxwell Fyfe (in the Lord Chancellor's robes)


British Conservative politician, lawyer and judge who combined an industrious and precocious legal career with political ambitions that took him to the offices of Solicitor General (1945), Attorney General (1945), Home Secretary (1951-1954) and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1954-1962).

He was known as Sir David Maxwell Fyfe from 1942 to 1954 and as the Viscount Kilmuir from 1954 to 1962, also styled as 1st Earl of Kilmuir.

One of the prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials, he was instrumental in drafting the European Convention on Human Rights. However, he was also a controversial Home Secretary who refused clemency to commute Derek Bentley's highly controversial death sentence. His political ambitions were ultimately dashed in Harold Macmillan's cabinet reshuffle of July 1962.

He died on 27 January 1967.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bentley, Derek William (born 30 June 1933). Notes: Refused to grant him a reprieve
  • has other family relationship with Harrison, Rex (born 5 March 1908). Notes: Brother-in-law
  • role played of/by Plummer, Christopher (born 13 December 1929). Notes: 2000 TV miniseries "Nuremberg"


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Lives of the Lord Chancellors" by Robert Francis Vere Heuston (Clarendon Press, 1987), p. 161: "Their only child, David Patrick Maxwell Fyfe, was born at 840 a.m. on 29 May 1900 at the house then numbered 60 (it is now 72) in Morningside Drive, a good residential quarter of Edinburgh. The father was described as 'publisher' in the birth certificate."


  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, 1954-1962)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Conservative)