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Sir John Macdonald: Lord Kingsburgh – Norman Macdonald

Descended from the Macdonalds of Sleat and the Macdonalds of Kingsburgh, Sir John Hay Athole Macdonald (1836 – 1919), Lord Kingsburgh, was one of the most prominent characters in late 19th and early 20th century Scotland. Described as the most versatile Scotsman of his times, the breadth of his activities and achievements make this a well deserved accolade.

Over the course of his fascinating and influential life Sir John Macdonald was variously Lord Advocate for Scotland, an MP, author, inventor, pioneer of motoring as well as the domestic use of electricity, military reformer, and captain of the R&A Golf, to name but a few of his many and varied interests. Underlying his life and thought was his membership of the Catholic Apostolic Church, of which he became an Archdeacon and Archangel.

Aside from vividly exploring the life of Sir John Macdonald, often through rarely seen primary sources, this detailed biography also covers – through Sir John’s involvement in them – some of the key events in Scottish public life at the time, notably the crofting disturbances and the collapse of the City of Glasgow bank.

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Non-fiction Biography
Demy PBK 216 x 138mm
224pp / 8pp colour plate section
£7.99
ISBN 978-0-9566149-0-2

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