|Member of Parliament
28 February 1974 – 3 May 1979
|Preceded by||Wilfred Baker|
|Succeeded by||David Myles|
27 December 1925|
|Died||12 April 2014
Portgordon, Moray, Scotland
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||University of St Andrews|
Hamish Watt (27 December 1925 – 12 April 2014) was a Scottish politician, farmer and writer. He was the SNP MP for Banffshire 1974–1979 and was later Rector of the University of Aberdeen and a Councillor.
He was born on 27 December 1925 in Keith, Scotland. The son of William Watt and Caroline Allan, he was educated at Keith Grammar School and at the University of St Andrews. and was involved in dairy and sheep farming and other business interests.
He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Banffshire seat in the Feb 1974 general election, holding it until the 1979 election. He was one of 11 SNP MPs elected in 1974. In October, he was announced as the SNP's spokesperson on agriculture and fisheries. Later in this parliamentary session he spent two years as the party's chief whip. After a boundary change, he was unsuccessful SNP candidate for Moray in 1983.
He was later a Regional and District Councillor with Moray District Council and Grampian Regional Council from 1985–90 (including serving as Chairman of the Grampian Education Committee from 1986–90). He sought reselection as a SNP candidate in the Grampian region, but was turned down by the party.
He was Rector of the University of Aberdeen from 1985–88. Latterly he was a newspaper columnist, after-dinner speaker and author. He was parodied as "Hamish Banff" in the 7:84 theatre company's play Little Red Hen.
Awards and honours
He was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Aberdeen in 1988.
- "Obituary:Hamish Watt". The Herald. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "Thatcher takes over No 10". The Guardian. 4 May 1979. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- Clark, William (15 October 1974). "SNP to press Labour on assembly pledge". The Herald. p. 14. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- "Ex-MP to appeal over SNP decision". The Herald. 30 September 1989. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- "Vote 99: Constituency:Gordon". BBC News. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- Gray, Louise (20 April 2006). "Quine taks Doric fecht to Holyrood". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- "Election 2015: Who are the 56 new SNP MPs?". BBC News. BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Death notice, Press and Journal, 14 April 2014
- Obituary, The Telegraph, 14 April 2014.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Hamish Watt
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Banffshire
Robert J. Perryment
|Rector of the University of Aberdeen