Joseph Gloag

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Professor Joseph Gloag (1906 or 1907 – 21 April 1977) was a marketing theorist and Scottish nationalist political activist.

Gloag studied at George Heriot's School and the University of London before working in Edinburgh, serving as company secretary at a grocers' firm from 1935 until 1952. He later went into academia, with a particular interest in marketing, and was appointed as head of the school of industrial administration at Heriot-Watt College. In 1965, when the college became a university, he was made the first professor of industrial administration at the institution.[1]

Long active in the Liberal Party, Gloag served as the party's secretary in Midlothian in the early 1960s. However, he left the Liberals and instead joined the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1966, and by 1968 was standing for his new party in local elections in Dalkeith.[2] He then served as treasurer of the SNP, from 1968 to 1970.[3] In 1970, he attracted attention by presenting a "declaration of nationhood" for Scotland to the United Nations, which had been drawn up by the SNP.[4]

Gloag retired from the university in 1972, and took up a two-year posting as Professor of Economics and Industrial Management at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.[5]


  1. ^ "Chair in building for Heriot-Watt". Glasgow Herald. 13 March 1965. p. 7. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. ^ David Kemp, "Anatomy of the S.N.P.", Glasgow Herald, 24 April 1968, p.10
  3. ^ "History of the SNP", Aberdeen SNP
  4. ^ "Professor's prank". Glasgow Herald. 3 September 1970. p. 8. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  5. ^ West Africa, nos. 3117-3129, p.880
Party political offices
Preceded by
George Gibson
Treasurer of the Scottish National Party
Succeeded by
Michael Murgatroyd