Biography of Joseph Paton Maclay
Joseph Paton Maclay (1857-1951), 1st Baron Maclay, was Chairman of the shipping company Maclay & Macintyre and gifted a hall of residence to the University.
Born in Glasgow, Maclay formed his shipping company with Thomas Walker Macintyre in 1885. He became a town councillor and magistrate in the city, and in 1914 was created a baronet. In 1916 he was appointed Minister of Shipping and he was created a Baron in Lloyd George's resignation honours list in 1922. He was awarded an honorary LLD by the University in 1919.
Two of Maclay's sons were killed in the First World War. In their memory, he and his wife Martha gifted to the University a building in Park Terrace for use as a student hall of residence, Maclay Hall.