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Goodbye Bob, the kindest of politicians

Today I discovered that my friend, one time mentor and godfather to my daughter Xanthe has passed away at the age of 83.

Robert Maclennan, Lord Maclennan of Rogart (but always “Bob” to me) was the son of a gynaecologist (Sir Hector Maclennan) and a forward-thinking doctor with interests in public health (Isabel Adam), and he always spoke highly of his family and his parents’ role in shaping the route he took in life. His house in Glasgow was bombed during the Blitz, something that naturally had an effect on him. Bob often told me anecdotes about his school life, and it always amused me that apparently he was a talented fencer in his prime. A young man of many talents, Bob went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. Newly qualified in law, Bob considered working for a multi-national agency through which he could use his abilities for the purpose of creating a fairer society- always an aspiration that featured in Bob's thinking - and probably would hav…

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