Previous Occupation: MEP; Solicitor; MP
Background: Married with two sons and one daughter.
Educated at Queen's Park Senior Secondary School and Glasgow
University, MA, LLB.
Qualified solicitor and notary public.
Secretary of the Glasgow Bar Association from 1962-67.
MP for Hamilton from 1967-70.
MP for Moray and Nairn from 1974-79.
Member of the European Parliament since 1975.
Often referred to as 'Madame Ecosse' because of her strong
advocacy of Scottish interests in Strasbourg and Brussels, she is
a senior member and former Vice President of the European Radical
Alliance which includes French, Guyanan, Flemish, Luxembourg,
Italian, Corsican and Spanish (Canary Islands) MEPs.
Special interests include fishing, agriculture, EEC regional
policy, aid to minority languages such as Gaelic, animal welfare
and Third World development.
Vice-President of the Scottish National Party since 1979.
Elected Party President in 1987.