Roland Muirhead

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Roland Eugene Muirhead
President of the Scottish National Party
In office
Preceded by Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham
Succeeded by Tom Gibson
Personal details
Born (1868-07-24)24 July 1868
Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died 2 August 1964(1964-08-02) (aged 96)
Meikle Cloak Farm, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Other political
National Party of Scotland
Independent Labour Party
Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Flora Ferrier (m. 1945-1964)
Alma mater High School of Glasgow
Occupation Businessman

Roland Eugene Muirhead (24 July 1868–2 August 1964) was a Scottish businessman and Scottish nationalist politician.

Muirhead was born in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, the second son of Andrew Muirhead, a businessman and owner of the Gryffe Tannery, and his wife, Isabella Reid. Roland was a member of the Young Scots' Society but left in 1914 due to pacifist objections to Liberal Party support for Britain's involvement in the First World War. He became a member of the Independent Labour Party from 1918 but later left, becoming first chairman of the National Party of Scotland. He was on the left of the Scottish National Party (SNP) following its creation from the National Party of Scotland and the Scottish Party and served as president 1936 to 1950. He opposed conscription during the Second World War.

In 1950, Muirhead formed the Scottish National Congress, a direct action group focused on campaigning for Scottish Home Rule. While remaining a leading member of the SNP, he devoted most of his time to the new group and, ultimately, the production of a proposed Scottish constitution.[1]

He died in 1964 and was buried at his home town of Lochwinnoch.


  1. ^ Peter Lynch, SNP: The History of the Scottish National Party, pp.84-85
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham
President of the Scottish National Party
Succeeded by
Tom Gibson