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The Papers of Christopher Prout

Reference Code: GBR/0014/KGLD

Scope and Contents

Papers including correspondence, diaries and research material on Europe.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2009

Conditions Governing Access

All files are closed for 30 years at the request of the Prout family. Please see individual file descriptions for details of opening dates.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher James Prout was born on 1 January 1942, the son of Frank Yabsley Prout and Doris Lucy Prout (née Osborne). He was educated at Sevenoaks School; Manchester University; Queen's College, Oxford; and Columbia University. He was married and had four step-children.

He joined the staff of the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development in Washington DC, 1966-9, and then became a Leverhulme Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Sussex University, 1969-79. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple, 1972, and became a Queen's Counsel, 1988. He was an Assistant Recorder, 1997-9; Recorder, 2000-5; and Deputy High Court Judge, from 2005. He was also a Bencher of Middle Temple, 1996. Lord Kingsland was Chairman of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, 2004-9 and of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, 2002-9.

He was a Conservative Member of the European Parliament [MEP] for Shropshire and Stafford, 1979-94, and Deputy Whip, 1979-82, Chief Whip, 1983-7, and Leader, 1987-94, of the British Conservative MEPs. He was also Chairman and Leader of the European Democratic Group, 1987-92, and Vice-Chairman of the European People's Party Parliamentary Group, 1992-4. He was Shadow Lord Chancellor, 1997-2008, and Shadow Minister for Legal Affairs, 2008-9.

He was knighted, 1990, and created a peer as Baron Kingsland, 1994. He became a Privy Councillor, 1994. He was an honorary fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, from 2006.

He died on 12 July 2009.

His publications include: "Market Socialism in Yugoslavia" (1985), and contributions to volumes 8.51 and 52 of the 4th edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England.


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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred to Churchill Archives Centre by Shirley Cosgrave, his former secretary, in 2009.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, January 2011. The collection was box listed by Andrew Riley, September 2009, and catalogued by Lynsey Robertson, May 2011. Biographical information was obtained from the websites of Who's Who and Wikipedia.


Prout, Christopher James, 1942-2009, Baron Kingsland, politician

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Repository Details

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