Norman Macfarlane, Baron Macfarlane of Bearsden

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The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden
Member of the House of Lords
In office
29 July 1991 – 21 July 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Norman Somerville Macfarlane

(1926-03-05)5 March 1926
Died5 November 2021(2021-11-05) (aged 95)
Political partyConservative

Norman Somerville Macfarlane, Baron Macfarlane of Bearsden, KT, DL, FRSE (5 March 1926 – 5 November 2021) was a Scottish industrialist and member of the House of Lords who sat as a Conservative.[1]


Educated at the High School of Glasgow and later a Royal Artillery Officer in the British military personnel of the Palestine Emergency, Macfarlane was a Member of the Council of the Confederation of British Industry (Scotland) from 1975 to 1981, a Board Member of the Scottish Development Agency from 1979 to 1987, and a Member of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland from 1980 to 1982.[1] Macfarlane received a knighthood in 1983,[2] was a Deputy Lieutenant and was created a life peer with the title Baron Macfarlane of Bearsden, in the District of Bearsden and Milngavie, for the Conservative Party, on 29 July 1991[1][3] and made a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle in 1996.[4] He retired from the House of Lords on 21 July 2016.[5]

Macfarlane was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1992, 1993 and 1997.[1] He had been a member of Glasgow Art Club since 1969.[6] In 1991, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[7] Macfarlane was Honorary Patron of Queen's Park Football Club.[8]


Macfarlane died on 5 November 2021, at the age of 95.[9][10]


Coat of arms of Norman Macfarlane, Baron Macfarlane of Bearsden
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Granted in 1994[11]
A demi-bull Sable horned unguled and winged Or charged on the shoulder with a roundel gyronny of eight Or and Sable ensigned with a cross crosslet fitchée Or.
Argent a saltire engrailed between four roses Gules on a chief Azure a billet bendways between in dexter two quill pens in saltire Argent and in sinister a stalk of barley with three ears conjoined at the stalk slipped and bladed all Or.
Two Macfarlane clansmen of the 18th century each with a single feather in hsi bonnet a targe resting against the exterior leg and holding a sword in the exterior hand all Proper the said supporters being limited to his Lordship for life.
Sursim Semper


  1. ^ a b c d Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, House of Lords
  2. ^ "No. 49328". The London Gazette. 22 April 1983. p. 5510.
  3. ^ "No. 52686". The London Gazette. 15 October 1991. p. 15641.
  4. ^ "No. 54597". The London Gazette. 3 December 1996. p. 15995.
  5. ^ Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden – UK Parliament
  6. ^ Glasgow Arts Club; retrieved 17 August 2011
  7. ^ "Lord Norman MacFarlane of Bearsden of Bearsden KT FRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Norman Somerville Macfarlane". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Scottish business doyen Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden dies". The Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden RIP". Heraldry Society of Scotland. Retrieved 6 November 2021.