Elected: 1966
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Lord Henry Alexander Hepburne-Scott Polwarth TD DL FRSE
As a general rule successful business leaders do not make good ministers. Harry Polwarth was an exception.

In the short time that he was Minister of State at the Scottish Office, from 1972 to 1974, he played a crucial role in establishing a sound basis for the North Sea oil industry.

He had succeeded his grandfather as a 27-year-old in 1944. The ninth Lord Polwarth had been the enlightened chairman of the General Board of Commissioners in Lunacy in Scotland (a long-forgotten institution now but then very important), so continuing in a tradition of public service dating back to the creation of the Polwarth barony by William and Mary in 1690.

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