About this artwork

John Mackintosh was born in Simla, India, and first came to Edinburgh at the age of eleven. He went on to study History at the University of Edinburgh (1946-50) before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford (1950-2). The following year he achieved a postgraduate degree from Princeton University. His seminal thesis, ‘The British Cabinet’, was published in 1962 and he became a Labour M.P. for Berwick and East Lothian in 1966. Mackintosh balanced his academic career as a lecturer alongside his duties in the House of Commons and in 1977 became Chair and Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. A strong supporter of the devolution of Scotland, a quote by Mackintosh is now engraved on the threshold of the Donald Dewar Room at the Holyrood Parliament.

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes