Past Commissioners

Past members of the Commission

The dates of our Commissioner terms have been gathered from our published reports, Hansard, and biographical reference sources (such as Who Was Who).

The House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1944, as amended by the 1946 and 1949 Acts, determined that our membership was to be the Speaker of the House of Commons as Chair, plus 2 further members, one of whom was nominated by the Speaker as Deputy Chair. The practice in Scotland was for a judge to be nominated as the Deputy Chair.

The House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1958 altered our membership to the situation that has remained since then, namely the Speaker of the House of Commons as Chair, plus a Court of Session judge appointed as Deputy Chair by the Lord President of the Court of Session, plus 2 further members appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Deputy Chair

Hon Lord Woolman (Stephen Woolman), 2009 - 2015

Hon Lord McEwan (Robin McEwan), 2007 - 2008

Right Hon Lady Cosgrove (Hazel Cosgrove), 1997 - 2006

Hon Lord Davidson (Charles Kemp Davidson), 1985 - 1996

Hon Lord Ross (Donald Ross), January 1977 - 1985

Hon Lord Keith of Kinkell (Henry Keith), 1976

Hon Lord Hunter (John Hunter), 1971 - 1976

Hon Lord Kilbrandon (Charles Shaw), 1963 - 1971

Hon Lord Guest (Graham Guest), 1958 - 1962

Hon Lord Mackintosh (Charles Mackintosh), 1945 - 1954

Commissioners

Mr Kenneth McDonald, 2007 - 2015

Dr Elspeth Graham, 1999 - 2010

Professor Gavin McCrone, 1999 - 2006

Dr Charles M Glennie, 1994 - 1998

Mr Adam R Napier, 1985 - 1994

Professor Urlan A Wannop, 1983 - 1998

Mr Andrew A L Evans, 1976 - 1985

Professor Gordon C Cameron, 1976 - 1983

Mr Ames L Imrie CBE, 1969 - 1975

Professor Archibald D Campbell CBE, 1961 - 1975

Sir Robert Nimmo, 1946 - 1969

Sir William White, 1945