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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Scottish Secretaries

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ISBN13: 9781841584768
ISBN: 1841584762
Published: October 2006
Publisher: Birlinn Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

What do two former governors of Australia, Lord Macaulay’s nephew and the owner of Scotland’s finest salmon river have in common? They have all served their small nation as Scottish Secretary; some reluctantly and others with patriotic fervour. The Scottish Secretaries charts the trials and tribulations of the 39 men and one woman who have held the post since the position was resurrected by Salisbury in 1885.

From humble beginnings as an ill-regarded offshoot of the Home Office, the department grew to become a mini-Whitehall by the 1920s. It was also an important wartime department in WWII and a testing ground for planning and social reforms during the white heat of the 1960s.

But with the Scottish Parliament now established as the political centre of Scottish life, the re-christened Scotland Office is once again redundant. Drawing on first-hand accounts and contemporary correspondence, David Torrance paints vivid biographical portraits of those figures – many now completely forgotten – who controlled Scotland’s political agenda from both the Regency charm of Dover House and the Art Deco surroundings of St Andrew’s House.

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