Mr Malcolm William Patrick, M.P 1882-1946

Malcolm was born on the 15th August 1882 at “Gledheather,” Dunminning, youngest son of John Patrick, D.L., “Gledheather” and Augusta Mary Patrick, (Nee Davison).  He married Elizabeth Frankland Haughton, only daughter of Mr T.W. Haughton, in the Craigs Parish Church, Cullybackey, on the 15th April 1909.

Malcolm served in the Royal Army Observer Corps during the Great War. In 1939 he was selected without opposition as the official Ulster Unionist candidate for the Bannside Division of County Antrim, in the Northern Ireland Parliament,
 in succession to the late Rt. Hon. G.C.G. Young, M.B.E. He held this seat from the 10th November 1939 until September 1946.

An engineer by profession, in addition to being an extensive farmer and a director of the Braidwater Spinning Company, Malcolm was locomotive superintendent of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.  He was also a member of the Antrim County Council, a member of the Ballymena Regional Education Committee.  Other bodies on which he served were the Tuberculosis Committee and the Blind Persons Committee.

Amongst other things Malcolm was also a life member and past captain of the Royal Portrush Golf Club and was a member of the Masonic Order, being a member of Maine Valley Lodge 492, Cullybackey, and Masonic Lodge No 431, Ballymena. For many years Malcolm acted as secretary of Patrick’s Chosen Few L.O.L., Dunminning and was a member of the committee of the Grand Lodge of Ireland.  As a member of the Select Vestry of Craigs Parish Church he took a deep and practical interest in the affairs of the church in which he worshipped.

Aged sixty-four,this kindly, good natured gentleman, passed away on the 17th September 1946 at his home in Duneoin after a brief illness and was laid to rest in the graveyard adjoiningthe Craigs Parish Church.  He was survived by his wife and their only daughter Gwendoline, wife of Mr L. Bedwell, a London stockbroker.

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