Nicholas Fairbairn

Nicholas Fairbairn

Born Dec 24, 1933

Nicholas Hardwick Fairbairn, QC was a British politician. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Kinross and Western Perthshire, elected in 1974 and 1979, and Perth and Kinross, elected 1983, 1987, and 1992. He was Solicitor General for Scotland from 1979 to 1982. He was noted for his criticism of the European Union, his outspoken manner, and his colourful dress sense.… Read More

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1933 Birth Born in 1933.


1962 29 Years Old In 1962 he married into the Scottish aristocracy - his wife, Hon. Elizabeth Mackay, was the daughter of the 13th Lord Reay. They divorced in 1979.


1964 31 Years Old He started in Conservative politics by fighting the Edinburgh Central seat (which had been a Labour-held marginal seat during the 1950s) in 1964 and 1966. … Read More
1972 39 Years Old In 1972 he was appointed a Scottish Queen's Counsel (QC).


1974 41 Years Old 1 More Event
After the former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home announced his retirement from Parliament between the 1974 elections, Fairbairn was selected to succeed him.
1979 46 Years Old His right-wing views endeared him to Margaret Thatcher, and when she formed her Government after winning the 1979 election she appointed him Solicitor-General for Scotland. … Read More
1981 48 Years Old …  He had a mistress, Pamela Milne, who attempted suicide at his London home in 1981. … Read More


1983 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983 Fairbairn was elected an honorary Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and he became a Trustee of the Royal Museums of Scotland in 1987. … Read More
1988 55 Years Old 1 More Event
He also criticised Scottish performers Simple Minds and Annie Lennox for taking part in the 1988 Wembley Stadium Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert, describing them as "left wing scum". … Read More
1990 57 Years Old Fairbairn became a marginal political figure with the departure of Margaret Thatcher in 1990. … Read More
1992 59 Years Old In the 1992 election campaign Fairbairn caused a controversy when he claimed, "Under a Labour government this country would be swamped with immigrants of every colour and race on any excuse of asylum or bogus marriage or just plain deception". … Read More


1994 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1994, along with Alan Clark and Edwina Currie, he immediately told Neil Hamilton to stand down when the cash for questions scandal broke. … Read More
1995 62 Years Old Fairbairn had stated that he would stand down as an MP at the next general election (which was eventually held in 1997), but the years of heavy drinking had finally had taken their toll and he died in office in 1995, aged 61. … Read More
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