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Malcolm John MacDonald

(1901-1981), Labour politician and diplomat; son of James Ramsay MacDonald

Sitter in 18 portraits
Born at Lossiemouth, the son of the Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, he was a National Government MP 1936-45, holding ministerial posts as Colonial Secretary (1935 and 1938-40) and Minister for Health (1940-1). He was High Commissioner in Canada (1941-6), Governor-General of Malaya and Borneo (1946-8), and High Commissioner in India (1955-60). In Kenya he supervised the transition to independence being Governor-General and subsequently High Commissioner (1963-5). He became HM Special Representative in East and Central Africa 1965-70. He was a keen ornithologist and author of books on birds.

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