Lord Mackay of Clashfern rose from humble beginnings to become Lord High Chancellor
Published: 07:00 Wednesday 10 January 2018
“There is no Scotsman, indeed no British person in public life whom I admire more” – thus begins Sinclair Ferguson’s foreword to J. Cameron Fraser’s new book, Learning from Lord Mackay, that serves as a good introduction to a much understated and underappreciated public servant.
When the list of disgraced politicians and celebrities lengthens by the day, there is a tendency for the general public to be both self-righteous (‘thank God we are not like them’) and despairing (‘they’re all at it!’). It is good to be reminded that there are good and faithful public servants. James Peters Mackay is one of those.
The story of the now Lord Mackay is an extraordinary one. The son of a railway worker from Clashfern in Sutherland and a mother from Caithness, James Mackay…
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