Lord Sempill

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William Francis Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill AFC, AFRAeS, (24 September 1893 – 30 December 1965) was a Scottish peer and record-breaking air pioneer who was later shown to have passed secret information to the Imperial Japanese military before the Second World War. Educated at Eton. Colonel William Forbes-Sempill "was a landowner, aviator and member of the 'The Link', a pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic organization. Recently Griffiths reports that he has been linked to a spy ring run out of the Japanese embassy, which would have been particularly problematic for his at that time as he was a serving officer in the Royal Naval Air Service (Griffiths, 1998, p.145)." [1]

His son is a Director, American Scottish Foundation [2]

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  1. Matthew Reed, Rebels for the Soil: The Rise of the Global Organic Food and Farming Movement (Earthscan, 2010), p.58.
  2. American Scottish Foundation Contact organizational web page, accessed May 2, 2018.