John Maclay, 1st Viscount Muirshiel

John Scott Maclay, 1st Viscount Muirshiel, KT, CH, CMG, PC, DL (26 October 1905 – 17 August 1992) was a British politician, sitting as a National Liberal and Conservative Member of Parliament before the party was fully assimilated into the Unionist Party in Scotland in the mid 1960s.[1]


The Viscount Muirshiel

1962 portrait of Maclay by Herbert James Gunn.
Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
13 January 1957  13 July 1962
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byHon. James Stuart
Succeeded byMichael Noble
Minister of State for the Colonies
In office
18 October 1956  13 January 1957
Prime MinisterAnthony Eden
Preceded byJohn Hare
Succeeded byJohn Drummond
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
31 October 1951  7 May 1952
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byDavid Rees-Williams
Succeeded byAlan Lennox-Boyd
Chairman of the National Liberal Party
In office
1947–1956
Preceded byStanley Holmes
Succeeded byJames Duncan
Member of Parliament
for West Renfrewshire
In office
23 February 1950  25 September 1964
Preceded byThomas Scollan
Succeeded byNorman Buchan
Member of Parliament
for Montrose Burghs
In office
5 July 1940  23 February 1950
Preceded byCharles Kerr
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born26 October 1905
Died17 August 1992 (aged 86)
NationalityBritish
Political partyNational Liberal
Scottish Unionist
Spouse(s)Betty Astley (1902–1974)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Lord Muirshiel served as Secretary of State for Scotland from 1957 to 1962 within Harold Macmillan's Conservative government, having held a number of junior ministerial posts beforehand. In 1964, he was elevated to the House of Lords.