A towering figure in the history of the SNP was the Western Isles’ former MP Donald Stewart, the first SNP Member of Parliament to be elected at a General Election in 1970, who went on to be the President of the SNP in the 1980s.

A new book edited by Professor James Mitchell and Dr Gerry Hassan charts the rise and impact of all the SNP leaders.  Dr Eilidh MacPhail of Lews Castle College UHI has written a chapter devoted to Donald Stewart's legacy, which looks at his character, his devotion to his Western Isles constituency and his role within the Party.

A former colleague and contemporary of his, Mr Sandy Matheson, Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, will give a short talk about the life of Donald Stewart at Lews Castle College tomorrow  (Friday 23rd September) at 1.30pm, to mark the launch of the book.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event and from The Baltic Bookshop. All are very warmly invited to attend what should be a fascinating talk about a man who is fondly remembered by many in the Western Isles.