Saturday, November 06, 2021

The Baron Macfarlane of Bearsden, KT, DL, FRSE 1926-2021

 The Baron Macfarlane of Bearsden, KT, DL, FRSE, who died 5 November, 2021, aged 95, was a Scottish industrialist, and a Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.

Norman Somerville Macfarlane was born 5 March, 1926, and educated at the High School of Glasgow.

He was a Royal Artillery Officer in the British military personnel of the Palestine Emergency, Norman 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 until 1987, and a Member of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland from 1980 to 1982. He received a knighthood in 1983, 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, and was appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle in 1996.

 He retired from the House of Lords on 21 July 2016. Lord Macfarlane of Bearden was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1992, 1993 and 1997. He had been a member of Glasgow Art Club since 1969. In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Macfarlane was Honorary Patron of Queen's Park Football Club.

In 1953 he married Marguerite (Greta) Campbell, who survives him with a son and four daughters.


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