Patrick Arthur MacRory (1911 - 1993):
Patrick MacRory was born in Limavady, County Londonderry. He was educated in Donegal, Cheltenham and Trinity College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1937. For four years during the war he was a parliamentary draughtsman, and in 1947, he joined Unilever. He became its director in 1968. He served on the Devlin Commission of Inquiry into industrial representation, and sat on a committee on the preparation of legislation. He was treasurer of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and was the director of Rothman Carreras and of the Bank of Ireland. He served for eight years on the Northern ireland Development Council and on the Regional Committee of the CBI. He wrote military histories and thrillers, among which are Borderline (1932); Signal Catastrophe (1952); The Siege of Derry (1980) and The Ten Rupee Jezail, in 1992 with George Pottinger. It was his interest in Indian history and his ancestral links with the Indian army that instigated his becoming chairman of the Merchant Ivory production company from 1976 to 1992. Both he and his wife had walk-on parts in E. M. Forster's Room With A View, which was produced by Merchant Ivory.