Scotland politics

Lib Dem peer George Mackie dies aged 95

George Mackie

Tributes have been paid to the Liberal Democrat peer George Mackie, who has died at the age of 95.

Part of the Mackie farming family, he was Liberal MP for Caithness and Sutherland from 1964 to 1966, and was the party's Scottish whip.

He was given a life peerage in 1974, taking the title "Lord Mackie of Benshie".

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Sir Malcolm Bruce said he was a "great character and sincere Liberal".

George Mackie served with RAF Bomber Command during World War Two.

After the war, he had a farm at Ballinshoe in Angus and other business interests, including two hotels and a glass factory.

His nephew Maitland Mackie ran the farming and food business behind Mackie's ice cream.

Sir Malcolm said: "George was a great character and sincere Liberal, both as an MP and a peer. George had a great sense of humour and a great sense of fun.

"His passing is sad, particularly as it comes within a year of his nephew Maitland.

"The Mackie family have been big in farming and food in Aberdeenshire, although George had his own farm, Ballinshoe, in Angus. He will be greatly missed."