On Friday 5 July, Hamish MacQueen passed away. The word legend is over-used. In the case of Hamish MacQueen it is however very fitting.

Hamish would have hated such attention or praise. His contribution to the SNP and independence movement was immense. His commitment absolute.

When I moved to Maryhill in 1999 his reputation was already the stuff of legend. The stories extraordinary. His support of me whilst cutting my political teeth in Maryhill SNP is something I will be forever grateful for. Carrying the Maryhill SNP banner at rallies beside Hamish are some of my happiest memories in politics.

Hamish touched the lives of so many. God bless.

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