Biography of Thomas MacIver
Thomas MacIver graduated from the University of Glasgow MA in 1928. He was born 13th June 1907 in Achduart, Coigeach, a crofting community in Wester Ross. His father was Simon, a joiner and his mother was Mary, a school teacher.
Tom went to school in Altandhu, and finished his secondary school education in Ullapool before coming to the University to study a degree in Arts. He studied subjects such as Latin, English, Italian, Mathematics, and Education and graduated on 17th November 1928.
After graduation, and completing his teacher training at Jordanhill College, MacIver became a teacher at Plockton High School in 1929. In 1936 he became headmaster at Kyle of Lochalsh Primary School. He served in the Home Guard during the Second World War and in 1947 became headmaster of Marnoch Primary School. He later worked as a further education officer in Skye and then Dingwall.
Tom MacIver helped found the Ross-shire branch of the Liberal Party in 1959 and was awarded an MBE for services to politics. He was also a keen supporter of the Gaelic movement and a good friend of Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean. He also enjoyed writing and reciting his own humerous Scots verse. In 1994 Tom wrote a book called Croft Remote about a young boy called Murdo, based on his own experiences of growing up in the West Highlands.
At the age of 102 he was invited to be the chieftain of the Coigeach Gathering and when he died in April 2014, in Kingussie, Thomas MacIver was Scotland’s oldest man at the age of 106.