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Dr Allan Macartney
|Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party|
25 September 1992 – 25 August 1998
|Preceded by||Jim Sillars|
|Succeeded by||John Swinney|
|Member of the European Parliament|
for North East Scotland
9 June 1994 – 25 August 1998
|Preceded by||Henry McCubbin|
|Succeeded by||Ian Hudghton|
|Born||17 February 1941|
Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana)
|Died||25 August 1998 (aged 57)|
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Spouse(s)||Anne Forsyth (m. 1963-1998)|
|Alma mater||University of Tübingen |
University of Marburg
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Dr William John Allan Macartney (17 February 1941 – 25 August 1998) was a Scottish politician who served as a Scottish National Party MEP for the North East Scotland constituency between the 1994 European Parliament election and his sudden death from a heart attack in 1998.
Macartney was born in Accra, Gold Coast. He was the son of a Church of Scotland minister, his family soon returned to Scotland and he was schooled in Elgin, Moray. He studied at the universities of Tübingen and Marburg in Germany, and then at the universities of Edinburgh (graduating in Economic Science in 1962) and Glasgow.
Upon completing his studies he returned to Africa as a voluntary secondary schoolteacher in eastern Nigeria (1963−1964). He then worked as a lecturer in government and administration at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland from 1966 to 1974. He completed a PhD on the politics of Botswana, supervised by John Mackintosh.
Upon returning to Scotland, he continued his academic career, serving as Staff Tutor in Politics at the Open University from 1975 to 1994. He founded the Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, and was elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen.
In 1989 he stood as the SNP candidate for North East Scotland in the 1989 European Parliament election where, despite a large increase in the share of the vote, he lost to Labour's Henry McCubbin. After this he was selected as a prospective candidate for the Westminster elections. He was unsuccessful in the 1991 Kincardine and Deeside by-election and at the same seat in the 1992 election.
Macartney was elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen in 1996.
Death and legacy
In 2000, the University of Aberdeen introduced a new scholarship in his honour. In 2006, an internship was launched by the SNP named after Dr. Macartney. Its aims are to encourage young people to take an interest in European and Scottish Politics. Applicants do not have to be members of the SNP. (Source)
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- "House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/57" (PDF).
- "In Memory of Dr Allan Macartney" (Press release). University of Aberdeen. 9 August 2000. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
|Party political offices|
| Senior Vice Convener (Depute Leader) of the Scottish National Party
| Rector of the University of Aberdeen
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