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John Farquhar Munro
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Ross, Skye and Inverness West
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Majority 3,486 (11.0%)
Personal details
Born (1934-08-26)26 August 1934
Glen Shiel, Lochalsh, Highland
Died 26 January 2014(2014-01-26) (aged 79)
Glen Shiel, Lochalsh, Highland
Political party Scottish Liberal Democrats

John Farquhar Munro (Gaelic: Iain Fearchar Rothach; 26 August 1934 – 26 January 2014) was a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, and was the MSP for Ross, Skye and Inverness West from 1999 until his retirement in 2011.

Previously a crofter and a local councillor for 33 years, he was first elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 1999 election. Running against him for Labour was Donnie Munro, former member of the band Runrig, but Munro won by 1,539 votes.[1] He was one of three Lib-Dem MSPs to oppose his party's coalition with the Labour Party (along with Keith Raffan and Donald Gorrie) and has deviated from the Executive on a number of issues (such as land reform, on which he believes they are not moving quickly enough).

He was prominent within the parliament in opposing the Skye Bridge tolls, to the extent of threatening to resign from the Lib Dems if they were not removed. The tolls were abolished in December 2004.

As befitted one of the few native Gaelic speakers in the Scottish Parliament he co-sponsored (along with the Scottish National Party's Michael Russell) a bill to secure the language's status as being equal to English. He was angry when the Labour-Liberal Scottish Executive refused to back it.

He was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 2003 election with an increased share of the vote.

After the 2007 election he was the oldest MSP in Holyrood. He stepped down as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election, at which time his constituency was abolished.[2]

In a surprise move Munro expressed support for Alex Salmond in the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.[3]

He was a keen player and supporter of the sport of shinty, supporting local side Kinlochshiel.[2]

He died at his home on 26 January 2014.


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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ross Skye and Inverness West
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished

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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:11:33 -0800

John Farquhar Munro (right) celebrating Charles Kennedy's election victory in 1983 outside Dingwall Town Hall (ANDREW ALLAN). When the Scottish Parliament was re-established, Munro stood for Ross, Skye and Inverness East, defeating the singer ...

BBC News

BBC News
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:55:24 -0800

The former Lib Dem MSP John Farquhar Munro has died. He was 79. Mr Munro was one of the first MSPs to be elected to the Scottish parliament when it was established in 1999. Representing the former Ross, Skye and Inverness West constituency, ...

Liberal Democrat Voice

Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:37:30 -0800

John F and Charles K When Charles Kennedy was elected MP for the then Ross, Cromarty and Skye in 1983, John Farquhar Munro, the former MSP who died at the age of 79 on Sunday, was one of his key supporters. A friendship that would last more than ...

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:19:19 -0800

It was a quiet sadness that met the news that John Farquhar Munro had died this week, aged 79. Friends and acquaintances knew the former MSP hadn't been in the best of health for a while, but nonetheless most shared the feeling that his passing took ...

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:18:45 -0700

"We should reflect on some of those that we have lost. "Bashir Ahmad, John Farquhar Munro, Tom McCabe, David McLetchie, Margo McDonald - five different individuals, five different parities, five different viewpoints, but still diverse rather than divided.

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 06:49:40 -0700

... at his home in Fort William on Monday, Celia Munro, who became a close confidante of Kennedy after he entered parliament, told the Guardian how she tried to assist him with the help of her late husband, John Farquhar Munro, a former Lib Dem MSP.
Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:48:31 -0800

Dingwall Councillor Angela Maclean has been selected to fight the seat of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch in next May's Scottish Parliament selection. The previous seat was held by John Farquhar Munro from 1999-2011. The seat was won in that election by ...

Ross-Shire Journal

Ross-Shire Journal
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:45:00 -0800

"The area has a strong tradition of electing first class Lib Dems, like Charles Kennedy, Danny Alexander and John Farquhar Munro. Angela is well placed to win back the seat in 2016. Angela, with her fellow candidates Carolyn Caddick and Jamie Stone ...

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