Russell Fairgrieve

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Sir Thomas Russell Fairgrieve CBE (3 May 1924 – 17 February 1999) was a Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician.[1]

He was educated at St. Mary's School, Melrose, Sedbergh School, and the Scottish College of Textiles. He served as a Major in the 8th Gurkha Rifles (Indian Army), 1946 and as a Major in the King's Own Scottish Borderers from 1956 to 1972.

He served as a Selkirk County and Galashiels Town Councillor from 1949 to 1959, and as Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire West from February 1974 until 1983. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1979 until 1981, and was a Member of the Council of Europe. He held a number of offices in the Scottish Conservative Association and was Chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland from 1975 until 1980.

He held a number of business appointments, mainly in the textile, advertising and construction sectors.

He was appointed a CBE in 1974 and was knighted in 1981.


  1. ^ "Sir Russell Fairgrieve". The Independent. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Colin Mitchell
Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire West
February 19741983
Succeeded by
constituency abolished