Clan Galbraith PeopleSir Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbraith, KBE, MA, LL.B (1917 – 1982)
The eldest son and heir of Thomas Dunlop Galbraith, 1st Baron Strathclyde, he was educated at Aytoun House, Glasgow; Wellington College; Christ Church, Oxford (MA) and at the University of Glasgow (LL.B). He served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 1939-1946. He unsuccessfully contested Paisley in July 1945, and Edinburgh East in October 1945 before being elected for Glasgow Hillhead in 1948.
He was Assistant Conservative Whip, 1950; a Government Whip from 1951-57; Civil Lord of the Admiralty, 1957-59; Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, 1959-62; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, 1963-64. He was President of the Scottish Georgian Society from 1970-1980 and was a Member of the Royal Company of Archers. He was knighted (KBE) in 1982.
His death in 1982 triggered the Hillhead by-election that saw the election of Roy Jenkins. His son Thomas Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde was subsequently a Conservative junior Minister, Chief Whip in the Lords and Shadow Leader of the House of Lords.
Scottish Labour Party politician. He is a former Member of Parliament and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament. At the 1987 general election, he was returned as Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Strathkelvin and Bearsden, and held the seat until standing down at the 2001 general election.
Galbraith served as Minister for Children and Education in the Scottish Executive under Donald Dewar from 1999 to 2000 and then, following the SQA exams fiasco, as Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture under Henry McLeish until his resignation on 20 March 2001 from Ministerial office and his parliamentary seats for health reasons. He had previously been a Scottish Office Minister between 1997 and 1999, and before that had been a respected neurosurgeon.