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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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47 news items

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:02:07 -0700

She told the Guardian how she tried to assist him with the help of her late husband, John Farquhar Munro, a former Lib Dem MSP and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Munro said: “We're just heartbroken. Ther's nothing more to say. He was held in such ...

West Highland Free Press

West Highland Free Press
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:45:00 -0700

Like his late friend and sometime mentor John Farquhar Munro, Charles's gentle accent, his dry humour, his effortless articulacy, his tolerance and his boundless kindness spoke of, for and to the people of the hills, glens and shoreline of the north ...
Yorkshire Post
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:30:00 -0700

At his great friend John Farquhar Munro's funeral last year, Charles gazed across the graveyard on a sombre but bright Highland day. The Five Sisters of Kintail bore down. The lap of Loch Duich could be heard on the foreshore. A piper played a Gaelic ...

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, ...
Herald Scotland
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:00:00 -0800

Born: August 26, 1934; Died: January 26, 2014. JOHN Farquhar Munro, who has died aged 79, was a Highland crofter, local businessman and councillor who, only a few months before he became a pensioner in 1999, was elected as one of the first members ...

Herald Scotland (blog)

West Highland Free Press
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:56:15 -0800

John Farquhar Munro, crofter, businessman and politician, was an “outstanding champion” for the Highlands, its people and language. That was just one of the many tributes paid this week to the former councillor and MSP following his death, at home in ...

Liberal Democrat Voice

Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:46:06 -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 ...

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