Willie Ross, Baron Ross of Marnock

William Ross, Baron Ross of Marnock, MBE, PC (7 April 1911 – 10 June 1988) was the longest serving Secretary of State for Scotland, holding office from 1964 to 1970 and again from 1974 to 1976, throughout the premiership of Harold Wilson.


The Lord Ross of Marnock

Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
4 March 1974  8 April 1976
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byGordon Campbell
Succeeded byBruce Millan
In office
16 October 1964  19 June 1970
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byMichael Noble
Succeeded byGordon Campbell
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
19 June 1970  4 March 1974
LeaderHarold Wilson
Preceded byGordon Campbell
In office
7 December 1961  16 October 1964
LeaderHarold Wilson
Preceded byTom Fraser
Succeeded byMichael Noble
Member of Parliament
for Kilmarnock
In office
5 December 1946  3 May 1979
Preceded byClarice Shaw
Succeeded byWilliam McKelvey
Personal details
Born(1911-04-07)7 April 1911
Ayr, Scotland
Died10 June 1988(1988-06-10) (aged 77)
Ayr, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Aitkenhead
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
ProfessionTeacher