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 (1945-10-18) 18 October 1945 (age 68)
Clitheroe, Lancashire
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Samuel Laird "Sam" Galbraith (born 18 October 1945) is a Scottish Labour Party politician. He is a former Member of Parliament and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament.

Galbraith was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He attended Greenock High School and then Glasgow University, where he received honours in medicine. He is married, the father of three daughters. In prior years he was an avid mountaineer and a Boy Scout.

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 announced his resignation on 20 March 2001 due to reasons of health.[2]

Galbraith served as Minister for Children and Education in the Scottish Executive under Donald Dewar from 1999 to 2000 and then, following the SQA exams controversy which was primarily his fault, as Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture under Henry McLeish until his resignation on 20 March 2001 from ministerial office and his parliamentary seats for health reasons. He had previously been a Scottish Office Minister between 1997 and 1999, and before that had been a respected neurosurgeon.

Galbraith received a lung transplant, in 1990, due to fibrosing alveolitis[3] (the same condition which took the life of a sister).[4]

Since 2006 he has been an energetic chairman ( as a Google search will show) of the Scottish Maritime Museum with facilities at Irvine, North Ayrshire and Dumbarton.[5]


  1. ^ "Resignation calls fall on deaf ears". BBC News. 14 August 2000. Retrieved 2009-08-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ Scottish News[dead link]
  3. ^ Martin, Lorna (17 March 2007). "I was meant to die. I didn't.". The Guardian (London). 
  4. ^ "Sam Galbraith: Electoral history and profile". London: Guardian Unlimited Politics. Retrieved 2009-08-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ North Ayrshire Council Committee reports and agenda retrieved 22 July 2013.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Hirst
Member of Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Succeeded by
John Lyons
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
(new post)
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Succeeded by
Brian Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for the Environment, Sport and Culture
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Children and Education
Succeeded by
Jack McConnell