10 Facts About Allan Macartney


William John Allan Macartney was a Scottish politician who served as a Scottish National Party MEP for the North East Scotland constituency between the 1994 European Parliament election and his sudden death from a heart attack in 1998.


Allan Macartney was the son of a Church of Scotland minister, his family soon returned to Scotland and he was schooled in Elgin, Moray.


Allan Macartney studied at the universities of Tubingen and Marburg in Germany, and then at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Allan Macartney then worked as a lecturer in government and administration at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland from 1966 to 1974.


Allan Macartney completed a PhD on the politics of Botswana, supervised by John Mackintosh.


Allan Macartney founded the Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, and was elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen.


Allan Macartney was the founder and Provost of the Scottish Self-Government College.


Allan Macartney was unsuccessful in the 1991 Kincardine and Deeside by-election and at the same seat in the 1992 election.


Allan Macartney was elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen in 1996.


Allan Macartney collapsed and died on 25 August 1998 at his home in Aberdeen.