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What do two former Governors of Australia, Lord Macaulay's nephew and the owner of Scotland's finest salmon river have in common? They have all served their small nation as Scottish Secretary; some reluctantly and others with patriotic fervour. "The Scottish Secretaries" charts the trials and tribulations of the 38 men and one woman who have held the post since the position was resurrected by Salisbury in 1885. From humble beginnings as an ill-regarded offshoot of the Home Office, the department grew to become a mini-Whitehall by the 1920s. It was also an important wartime department in WWII and a testing ground for planning and social reforms during the white heat of the 1960s. But with the Scottish Parliament now established as the political centre of Scottish life, the re-christened Scotland Office is once again redundant. Drawing on first-hand accounts and contemporary correspondence, David Torrance paints a vivid biographical portrait of those figures - many now completely forgotten - who controlled Scotland's political agenda from both the Regency charm of Dover House and the Art Deco surroundings of St. Andrew's House.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841584768
ISBN-10: 1841584762
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - David Torrance

David Torrance was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and educated at Leith Academy, Aberdeen University and Cardiff University's School of Journalism. He was formerly political reporter at Scottish and Grampian TV and now writes freelance for the Scottish press. He currently works as a parliamentary aide to the shadow Scottish Secretary at Westminster.

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