Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Baron Kirkhill 1930-2023

The Lord Kirkhill, a life Baron, and former Labour government minister, died 21 March, 2023, aged 92.

John Farquharson Smith was born 7 May, 1930, son of Alexander Findlay Smith, of Aberdeen; and educated at Robert Gordon's Colls, Aberdeen; Hon LLD, Aberdeen; Lord Provost of Aberdeen, 1971-1975; Minister of State at the Scottish Office in the administrations of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, 1975-79; Delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of COE and WEU from 1981; Chairman Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of COE (1991).

He was raised to the peerage for life in 1975, as Baron Kirkhill, in the District of the City of Aberdeen, upon his appointment as a government minister.

He married in 1965, Frances Mary Walker Reid.


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