John MacCormick Scotland

Biography of John MacCormick

John MacCormick
John MacCormick

John MacDonald MacCormick (1904-1961) was a University graduate who was awarded an honorary LLD in 1951 and served as Rector from 1950 to 1953. The Dr John MacCormick Prize was founded in 1965 by his friends and named in his honour.

Born in Glasgow, MacCormick studied Law at the University and became involved in politics there. In 1927 he founded the Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association. He became National Secretary of the National Party of Scotland and in 1934 was instrumental in forming the Scottish National Party with the merger of the NPS and the Scottish Party. In 1942 he left the SNP to form the Scottish Convention, and in 1951 he founded the Scottish Covenant Association to campaign for a Scottish parliament within the United Kingdom.

His younger son, Sir Neil MacCormick, was also a prominent graduate of the University, lawyer and SNP Member of the European Parliament.


John MacCormick

Born 20 November 1904, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 13 October 1961.
GU Degree:
University Link: Alumnus, Honorary Graduate, Rector
Occupation categories: lawyers; politicians
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Record last updated: 3rd Mar 2011

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland
Place of Birth

University Connections

University Roles

  • Rector, 1950-1953
  • Alumnus
  • Honorary Graduate


World Changing Achievements

John MacCormick is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.