Robert McIntyreRobert Douglas McIntyre
was the leader of the Scottish National Party
(SNP) from 1948
and a doctor by profession. Born on 15 December 1913
, he came to prominence in 1945
when he won the Motherwell
by-election, becoming the SNP's first ever Member of Parliament
He became the SNP's organiser in the 1930s when the party was still headed by John MacCormick, but he resisted MacCormick's later attempts to change the SNP from supporting a policy of full Scottish independence to supporting a modicum of Home Rule. MacCormick would leave the SNP in 1942 from which point McIntyre became the party's leading figure.
McIntyre served as Party President until 1980 after his stint as leader. He died 2 February 1998.