Iain Duncan Smith
Birth Name: George Iain Duncan Smith
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of Birth: 9 April, 1954
Ethnicity: Scottish, English, 1/8th Japanese, some Irish
Iain Duncan Smith, also known as IDS, is a British politician. He has been Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green, since 9 April, 1992. He was Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition, both from 13 September, 2001 to 6 November, 2003, and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from 12 May, 2010 to 18 March, 2016. He has also been Chairman of the Social Justice Policy Group, since 12 September, 2016, a position he previously held from 7 December, 2005 to 12 May, 2010.
Iain is the son of Pamela Mary (Summers), a ballerina, and W. G. G. Duncan Smith (Wilfrid George Gerald Duncan Smith), a Royal Air Force flying ace of World War II. His father was born in Madras, India, and had Scottish and English ancestry. His mother was born in Nanjing, China, and had English, one fourth Japanese, and some Irish, ancestry.
Iain is married to Elizabeth “Betsy” Fremantle, with whom he has four children. Betsy’s father was John Fremantle, 5th Baron Cottesloe.
Iain’s paternal grandparents were named Wilfred Arthur Smith and Anna Cecilia Duncan. Iain is descended from Adam Duncan, a Scottish admiral in the British navy.
Iain’s maternal grandfather was Melton Edwin Arthur Lionel Summers (the son of William Arthur Summers and Evelyn Rosina Bond). Melton was born in Hammersmith, Middlesex, London, England. William was the son of William Alexander Summers and Louisa Margaret Thornley, who was Irish. Evelyn was born in Cork, Ireland, to English parents, Charles Christopher Bond and Harriet Curtis.
Iain’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Cecilia Shaw (the daughter of Samuel Lewis Shaw and Ellen Oshey/O’Sea Matsumuro). Catherine was born in Fuzhou, China. Samuel was born in Hampstead, England, and was the son of Lees Shaw, whose father was Irish and whose mother was born in Ireland, to English parents; and of Caroline Cecilia Chippendall. Iain’s great-grandmother Ellen was Japanese.
Sources: Article about Iain’s family background – http://www.theguardian.com
Genealogy of Iain’s parents – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Iain’s mother (through her brother) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com