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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 ResurgentThe 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 following biography: 

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).