Biography of Compton MacKenzie
Compton Mackenzie, the Duke and Duchess of York and Principal Rait
Sir Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) was Rector of the University, 1931 to 1934.
Born in Hartlepool, Mackenzie studied History at Magdalen College, Oxford and became famous for novels such as Whisky Galore and Monarch of the Glen, and as the co-founder of the National Party of Scotland in 1928. He was the first Scottish Nationalist to be elected rector of the University, and the first Roman Catholic since the Reformation.
In 1931 Mackenzie's campaign was directed by John MacCormick, who became rector himself in 1950. His opponents were the Conservative MP and University alumnus Sir Robert Horne; the Labour journalist and politician Tom Johnston; the leader of the New Party (and later the founder of the British Union of Fascists) Sir Oswald Mosely, and Gilbert Murray, the former Professor of Greek at the University.