Donald Dewar

related topics
{son, year, death}
{government, party, election}
{disease, patient, cell}
{city, large, area}
{@card@, make, design}
{black, white, people}
{build, building, house}
{rate, high, increase}
{work, book, publish}
{church, century, christian}
{car, race, vehicle}
{food, make, wine}

Donald Campbell Dewar (21 August 1937 – 11 October 2000) was a Scottish Labour Party politician, and the first holder of the office of First Minister of Scotland, from the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until his death. He was also a Member of Parliament (MP) of the United Kingdom and Secretary of State for Scotland for several years.


Early life

Born at 194 Renfrew Street, Glasgow on 21 August 1937 to mature parents, Dewar was an only child. His father Alisdair was a distinguished consultant dermatologist but suffered from tuberculosis. His mother Mary (née Bennett) suffered from a benign brain tumour when Donald was very young.

He attended the Glasgow Academy before studying at the University of Glasgow, in 1957, where he gained both a MA degree in History in 1961, and a second-class LLB degree in 1964, as well as editing the Glasgow University Guardian. Here, he met his close friend, John Smith (who would later become leader of the Labour Party), Sir Menzies Campbell (who would later become leader of the Liberal Democrats) and Lord Irvine of Lairg (who would serve as Lord Chancellor in the same cabinet as Dewar) through the Dialectic Society. In his time at university he also served as Chair of the Glasgow University Labour Club and President of the Glasgow University Union. In 1962 he was selected as Labour candidate for Aberdeen South.

Full article ▸

related documents
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone
H. H. Asquith
John Thompson (politician)
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
Alexander Mackenzie
Richard Mentor Johnson
Mason Remey
Christian VIII of Denmark
Bảo Đại
Axel Oxenstierna
Robert Askin
Alexander I of Serbia
Henry Grattan
Airey Neave
Pope Pius VI
Konstantin Chernenko
John Ballance
Samuel Huntington (statesman)
Jean-Claude Duvalier
Thomas F. Bayard
Margrethe II of Denmark
Oswald Mosley
Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
Fiorello H. La Guardia
Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford
Jefferson Davis
Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac
Patrick Henry
Liu Shaoqi
George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy