Family tree of Harold MACMILLAN

British Politician

EnglishBorn Maurice Harold MACMILLAN

British Conservative politician

Born on February 10, 1894 in Chelsea, London, England , United Kingdom

Died on December 29, 1986 in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, England

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Harold Macmillan was born at 52 Cadogan Place in Chelsea, London, to Maurice Crawford Macmillan (1853–1936), publisher, and Helen (Nellie) Artie Tarleton Belles (1856–1937), artist and socialite, from Spencer, Indiana, US. He had two brothers, Daniel, eight years his senior, and Arthur, four years his senior. His paternal grandfather, Daniel MacMillan (1813–1857), was the son of a Scottish crofter who founded Macmillan Publishers.

Macmillan's early education was intense and closely guided by his American mother. He was taught French at home every morning by a succession of nursery maids, and exercised daily at Mr Macpherson's Gymnasium and Dancing Academy, around the corner from the family home in Cadogan Place. From the age of six or seven he received introductory lessons in classical Latin and Greek at Mr Gladstone's day school, close by in Sloane Square.


Macmillan then attended Summer Fields School, Oxford (1903-6), but his time at Eton (1906-10) was blighted by recurrent illness, starting with a near-fatal attack of pneumonia in his first half; he missed his final year after being invalided out, and had to be taught at home by private tutors (1910-11), notably Ronald Knox, who did much to instil his High Church Anglicanism. He went up to Balliol College, Oxford (1912-14), where he obtained a First in Mods (Latin and Greek, the first half of the four-year Oxford Greats course), and became an officer of the Oxford Union Society, before the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.

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