Father of former First Minister dies aged 95

Former First Minister Alex Salmond with his father Robert who died last night
Former First Minister Alex Salmond with his father Robert who died last night
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Robert Salmond, the father of former First Minister Alex Salmond, has died at Erskine Home for ex-servicemen.

In his 96th year, the father-of-four had spent all but three of those years living in Linlithgow.

His family described him as “an inspiration” to them all, including his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Two of his children are standing for election this week, Alex in Aberdeenshire and Gail Hendry in the Holyrood by-election in the Scottish Borders.

Tonight Alex Salmond said: “Dad passed away peacefully on Monday night at Erskine and now will be taken home to Linlithgow where he spent all of his days, apart from his wartime service in the Royal Navy. The funeral service will be held in his local church in Lithgae next week.

“Dad, a passionate SNP supporter for more than half a century, always took a keen interest in elections. However, he was really proud of all of his children’s achievements. All four of us, Margaret, myself, Gail and Bob are enormously grateful to the Erskine staff whose kindness to our father over these last few years has been beyond measure.

“It is a very sad week for all of the family and Gail and I have taken some time out from our campaigns to help with the arrangements. However, we both know exactly what Dad would be saying to us right now ‘for goodness sake dust yourself down and get on with it’.

“That is what we all intend to do.”