Sam Galbraith

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For the Liberal MP from Durham, see Samuel Galbraith.
Sam Galbraith
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
In office
6 May 1999 – 20 March 2001
Preceded by New Parliament
Succeeded by Brian Fitzpatrick
Member of the UK Parliament
for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
In office
11 June 1987 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Michael Hirst
Succeeded by John Lyons
Personal details
Born 18 October 1945
Clitheroe, Lancashire
Died 18 August 2014 (aged 68)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Samuel Laird "Sam" Galbraith (18 October 1945 - 18 August 2014) was a Scottish Labour Party politician who had previously been a neurosurgeon of international repute. He was a Member of Parliament and a Member of the Scottish Parliament.

Political career[edit]

At the 1987 general election, he was returned as Member of Parliament for the Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency,[1] and held the seat until standing down at the 2001 general election. He was a Scottish Office Minister between 1997 and 1999.[2]

Galbraith served as Minister for Children and Education in the Scottish Executive under Donald Dewar from 1999 to 2000 and then as Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture. On 20 March 2001 he announced his resignation from ministerial office and his parliamentary seats for health reasons.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Galbraith was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He attended Greenock High School and then Glasgow University, where he received honours in medicine. Galbraith was a respected neurosurgeon, whose skills saved many lives at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital. He was married, the father of three daughters. In prior years he was an avid mountaineer who had climbed all the Munros and also climbed in the Alps and Himalayas.

Galbraith received a lung transplant in 1990, at Freeman's Hospital Newcastle (where he continued to receive treatment), due to fibrosing alveolitis[4] (the same condition which took the life of a sister).

From 2006 he was chairman of the Scottish Maritime Museum with facilities at Irvine, North Ayrshire and Dumbarton.[5]

He died in August 2014.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Resignation calls fall on deaf ears". BBC News. 14 August 2000. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sam Galbraith: Electoral history and profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ MacLeod, Catherine (20 March 2001). "Galbraith resigns today". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Martin, Lorna (17 March 2007). "I was meant to die. I didn't.". The Guardian (London). 
  5. ^ North Ayrshire Council Committee reports and agenda retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ "BBC News - Former Scottish minister Sam Galbraith dies". BBC Online. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Hirst
Member of Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
19872001
Succeeded by
John Lyons
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
(new post)
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
19992001
Succeeded by
Brian Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Office created
Minister for the Environment, Sport and Culture
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Office created
Minister for Children and Education
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Jack McConnell