Former MP for East Aberdeenshire and Banff and Buchan, Sir Albert McQuarrie, will celebrate his 97th birthday on January 1, 2015.
Sir Albert, who will celebrate with family, is still very much involved in the political world and keeps close ties with the Conservative office in Mintlaw.
He published his first book at the age of 95, entitled ‘A Lifetime of Memories’ Sir Albert McQuarrie Kt. which has a foreward written by the Rt. Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG, QC, MP.
The remarkable achievement took Sir Albert 11 months of writing and the book covers many experiences and aspects of his youth, his business activities and the years in parliament.
He piloted a number of Private Member’s Bills - notably the Regulations in the Safety at Sea Act of 1986 which has saved the lives of many fishermen.
He also successfully led the oppostion to that part of the British Nationality Bill 1981 which sought to remove the right from the people of Gibraltar to be British citizens.
For his tenacity in the House of Commons, the media gave him the nickname of ‘The Buchan Bulldog’.
The book was written from the heart, and mind, by the former apprentice plumber, who by his drive and determination became a successful businessman, a Member of Parliament, elected to Mr Speaker’s Panel of chairmen and a Knight of the Realm.
Sir Albert’s book makes most interesting reading and falls into the category of a must have for any political enthusiast.
If you would like a copy you can email: Siralbertmcq@aol.com for details.