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Roy Hendry Thomson

Roy Hendry Thomson KStJ, DL, MA, MLitt 27 August 1932 – 29 November 2009 was a businessman, public servant and political activist, based in Aberdeen


  • 1 Early and personal life
  • 2 Business
  • 3 Political activity
  • 4 Other public and community service
  • 5 References

Early and personal life

Thomson attended Aberdeen Grammar School and gained an MA honours in psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 1955, later joining the British Psychological Society He married Nancy in 1952 and they had three children He attended national service in the Gordon Highlanders between 1955 and 1957 He was a Knight of the Order of St John and a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Aberdeen until August 2007 He also received an MLitt in 2009, writing his thesis on the contribution made by the Scottish Constitutional Convention to the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament He was an avid skier and hill-walker


Between 1960 and 1988, Thomson and his family owned a series of well-known car dealerships throughout the North East of Scotland, known as Thomson of Cults

Political activity

Thomson was a long-standing and senior member of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and, before that, the Scottish Liberal Party He was an elected local councillor on Aberdeen District Council, later becoming the first Liberal Leader of the Council He also acted as the election agent for Malcolm Bruce MP in the Gordon constituency in 1979 and 1983 He was also active within the Party nationally, serving as both Chairman and later President of the Party, presiding over the Party during the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections and its entry into Government for the first time since the wartime coalition under Winston Churchill At the time of his death, he was for the second time serving as Scotland's representative on the Party's UK-wide Executive Committee

Other public and community service

  • Former Chairman of Scottish Ballet 1983–1987
  • Former Member, the Broadcasting Council for Scotland
  • Former President and Founder of Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Association
  • Former President of the Rotary Club of Aberdeen
  • Former Marketing Director of Aberdeen International Youth Festival
  • Former Chairman of Aberdeen International Children's Festival aka Kaleidoscope
  • President of Mental Health Aberdeen
  • Chairman, Friends of Aberdeen University Library


  • Notice of death in the Aberdeen Press and Journal
  • Obituary in The Scotsman, 10 December 2009

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