Elected: 1989
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
The Lord Hector Laing of Dunphail FRSE
Hector Laing was the grandson of Sir Alexander Grant, Baronet, and throughout his life he sought to emulate him. Sandy Grant was a Moray Loon who learned to bake in McVitie and Price’s Edinburgh shop, eventually buying that business and opening biscuit factories at Robertson Avenue and, in time, in London and Manchester.

He was a friend of Ramsay Macdonald, became a baronet and as a wealthy man was a generous benefactor. He helped to finance the building of the National Gallery of Scotland and made substantial gifts to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

He purchased the estates of Dunphail, Logie and Relugus in Morayshire and left these to his three grandchildren, Hector, Sandy and Robin Laing.

If Hector Laing sought to emulate his grandfather, it will be seen that he did so. Educated at Loretto, after a spell at Jesus College, Cambridge, he was commissioned, serving with the Armoured 3rd Battalion Scots Guards. He was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the American Bronze Star.

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