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Roland E Murihead


Scotland's Constitution was formulated between 1957-1964 at the behest of Scottish business man and patriot Roland E. Muirhead 1868-1964. In 1918 already a member of the Independent Labor Party, he revived the Scottish Home rule Association. Ten years later, despairing of its effectiveness he moved to the National Party of Scotland, becoming one of its first Parliamentary candidates [for west Renfrewshire] and its President. In the NPS Muirhead became closely associated with John MacCormick whose populist manner he conspicuously lacked. Together with Professor A.D. Gibb and others they formed the Scottish National Party in 1934. Muirhead became its Honorary President. He stayed with the SNP when MacCormick split away to form the broad-base Scottish Convention but in 1952 now 82 himself formed a radical splinter group, the Scottish National Congress under whose auspices A Constitution for Scotland was drafted in 1962. His office at Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow was the meeting place of the committee of Articles whose task it was to examine the constitutions of the world. The publication of Scotland's Constitution is dedicated to the memory of Roland Eugene Muirhead who for seventy five years relentlessly campaigned for an independent Scottish parliament.
 
                                                        Raymond L. Morehead Esq. FSA Scot.
                                                        President, Muirhead Clan Society

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