Jamie McGrigor

Sir James Angus Rhoderick Neil McGrigor, 6th Baronet (born 19 October 1949) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician, who is a councillor in Argyll and Bute. He had previously been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Highlands and Islands region from 1999 until 2016.

Jamie McGrigor

McGrigor in 2011
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
6 May 1999 – 24 March 2016
Personal details
James Angus Rhoderick McGrigor

(1949-10-19) 19 October 1949 (age 71)
London, England
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materUniversity of Neuchâtel

Early life and careerEdit

McGrigor was born in London in 1949 and educated at Cladich Primary School in Argyll and privately at Eton College. He studied Commercial French at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. After graduating, he worked in finance in the City of London and in the shipping sector in Glasgow. He also farmed sheep and cattle, and started a trout farm in Argyll in the early 1970s.[1]

Political careerEdit

McGrigor stood unsuccessfully for the Western Isles in the 1997 general election. He fought Argyll and Bute in 2005, finishing second,[2] and fought the equivalent seat in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, finishing third.[3]

He served as Scottish Conservative spokesperson for fisheries, and communities and sport. He is also an Honorary Vice-President of English-Speaking Union Scotland.

McGrigor was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Scottish Register of Tartans. His Member's Bill was given support by the Scottish Government and was subsequently passed by the Scottish Parliament on 9 October 2008. This makes McGrigor one of the first MSPs to have passed a Private Member's Bill through the Scottish Parliament.

In 2017, he stood in the Argyll and Bute Council election and was elected to the Oban South and the Isles ward.[4]


McGrigor is the eldest son of the late Sir Charles McGrigor, 5th Bt, by his wife Mary Bettine (the historian Mary McGrigor),[5] daughter of Sir Charles Edmonstone, 6th Baronet. He is descended patrilineally from Sir James McGrigor, 1st Baronet, Wellington's Surgeon General serving the British army in Spain during the Peninsular campaign, who received a baronetcy in 1831. Another distinguished relative was the late Admiral of the Fleet Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, grandson of the second Baronet and thus his first cousin twice removed.

Jamie became the 6th Baronet upon the death of his father, Sir Charles, on 1 October 2007.[6]

He has been twice married and has six children.[1] His son Alexander James Edward Lyon (born 1998), by his second marriage, is his heir apparent.[7]


  1. ^ a b "MSP Jamie McGrigor to stand down in 2016". Scottish Conservatives. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Result: Argyll and Bute". BBC News Online. BBC. 6 May 2005. Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Argyll & Bute". BBC News Online. BBC. 4 May 2007. Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  4. ^ Campbell, Rita (6 May 2017). "Three-way tie close call in Argyll and Bute". Press and Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Mary McGrigor F.S.A. Scot
  6. ^ "Sir Charles McGrigor". The Herald. Glasgow. 10 October 2007. Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage 2008


External linksEdit

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Charles Edward McGrigor, 5th Baronet
(of Campden Hill in the County of Middlesex)
Succeeded by
Current incumbent