Eleanor Scott

Eleanor Roberta Scott (née Ettles, born 23 July 1951) is a Scottish politician and physician. She was Scottish Greens Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Highlands and Islands 2003–2007, then female co-convener of the party 2008–2011 with Patrick Harvie.

Eleanor Scott
Scott in 2014
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
In office
1 May 2003  2 April 2007
Personal details
Eleanor Roberta Ettles

(1951-07-23) 23 July 1951 (age 69)
Political partyScottish Greens
Spouse(s)David Scott (married 1977–1995)[1]
Domestic partnerRob Gibson
Children1 daughter, 1 son[1]
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Early life and education

Eleanor Roberta Ettles was born in Inverness on 23 July 1951. Her parents were Roberta (née Reid) and William Ettles. She educated at Bearsden Academy, and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating with a MBChB in 1974.[2][1]


She worked as a community paediatrician in Inverness 1980−87 and in Ross and Cromarty 1987−2003, providing a service for special needs children in the Scottish Highlands.[2][3]

Since joining the Scottish Green Party in 1989, Scott has campaigned on many issues, most recently against the building of new incinerators, GM crops in the Black Isle and the movement against war in Iraq.

In 1999, the Scottish Green Party selected her at the top of its regional list for the Highlands and Islands, although it did not gain a seat in that region.[4] The same year she was also selected to stand as a Scottish Green Party candidate for the Scotland European Parliament election, the Party did not win any of the six seats.[5] She stood unsuccessfully for the United Kingdom Parliament for Ross, Skye and Inverness West in the 2001 election[6] and again in 2010 when the Scottish Green Party fielded candidates in 20 constituencies across Scotland.[7][8]

Scottish Parliament

She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2003, when the Scottish Green Party gained a Highlands and Islands regional seat.[9] Her partner Rob Gibson, was also first elected from the Highlands and Islands regional list in 2003, as a Scottish National Party MSP. She took her oath as MSP in Scottish Gaelic,[10] as enthusiast for the language. She was Party spokesperson for health, and from June 2005, also spokesperson on rural development.[11]

She stood again in the 2007 Scottish election, and was not re-elected.[12]

In September 2008, she was involved in a leadership contest against Nina Baker and Maggie Chapman.[13][14] Scott was elected to the position of co-convener of the Scottish Green Party alongside Patrick Harvie,[15] a position she held until 2011.

For the 2011 election she was again placed at the top of the Scottish Green Party's regional list for the Highlands and Islands,[16] however the Party were unsuccessful in gaining a seat in the region. The following year she participated in the Yes Highland meetings ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.[17]


  1. Scott, Eleanor Roberta. Who's who. Oxford University Press. 2018. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.4000255.
  2. "Debrett's People of today: Eleanor Roberta Scott". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  3. "Labour limps home". The Scotsman. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. "Vote 99. Scotland. regions. Highlands and Islands". BBC News. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  5. "Vote 99. Euro elections. UK regions". BBC News. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  6. "Vote 2001: Results: Ross, Skye & Inverness West". BBC News. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  7. "General Election 2010: Greens say 'wide open' election is chance for small parties". The Scotsman. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  8. "Election 2010. UK: Scotland: Ross, Skye & Lochaber". BBC News. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  9. "Vote 2003. Scottish Parliament election: region: Highlands and Islands". BBC News. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  10. Dinwoodie, Robbie (8 May 2003). "A day of drama and high jinks at Holyrood Protests over oath of allegiance and a swift burst of Burns as MSPs are sworn in". The Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  11. "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (7 May 2003- 2 April 2007): Eleanor Scott". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  12. "Scottish elections 2007: Highlands and Islands". BBC News. 17 May 2007.
  13. "Harvie to become Green co-leader". BBC News. 22 September 2008.
  14. "Green Co-convenors" (Press release). Scottish Green Party. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  15. "Patrick Harvie to lead Scottish Greens". The Scotsman. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  16. "Greens launch Highlands and Islands campaign". Stornoway Gazette. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  17. "More to Highland 'Yes' campaign than SNP, gathering suggests". Ross-shire Journal. 29 October 2012.