Paul Henderson Scott
18 March 2019
We were sorry to hear of the death on 15 March 2019 of Paul
Henderson Scott, writer and former Vice-President of the SNP.
As Alan Riach writes in The Herald of 18 March 2019, 'Paul Scott was
tireless and fearless in his activities on many fronts: president
and convener of the Saltire Society; vice-president of the SNP and
its spokesman on culture and international affairs; the Campaign
for a Scottish Assembly, the Scottish Centre for International PEN
and the Scottish Poetry Library. He was also Rector
of Dundee University, 1989-91'.
His books include: Boasted Advantages; A 20th Century
Life (his autobiography); The New Scotland; its
sequel, Scotland Resurgent; The Union of 1707:
Why and How; and The Age of Liberation. Luath
Press, publisher of his books A Nation Again and
Scotland: A Creative Past, An Independent Future, has the
Paul Henderson Scott was born in Edinburgh and
educated at the Royal High School and Edinburgh University. He was
in 52nd (Lowland) and 7th Armed Divisions during the war and then
joined the Diplomatic Service. He was in Berlin during the whole of
the Soviet blockade and in Cuba during the Missile Crisis. In 1980,
he returned to Edinburgh. Since then he has been Rector of Dundee
University, President of both the Saltire Society and Scottish pen,
and Vice-President of the SNP and its Spokesman on Culture and
International Affairs as well as writing more than a dozen books
and editing another dozen or so.
The Scotsman of 27 March 2019 also carries an
obituary (by Jack Davidson).