Sir James Morrison-Low of Kilmaron

Sir James Morrison-Low of Kilmaron, 3rd baronet, has died at the age of 87.

He was born at Pitlethie House near Leuchars on August 3 1925, the elder of two sons of Sir Walter Morrison-Low and his wife Dorothy Ruth de Q Quincey.

The family moved to Kilmaron Castle in 1931.

Educated first at Ardvreck School, Crieff, the young James was then sent to Harrow School but was only there for a year.

With the outbreak of the Second World War his parents sent him and his younger brother John to Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, where James discovered a love of the bagpipes and its music and became fascinated by all things electric.

Although called up towards the end of the war, he missed being engaged in active combat, being sent out to Assam, India, for a year.

He served in the Royal Corps of Signals from 1943 to 1947, being demobbed with the rank of captain.

From 1948 to 1952 he attended Faraday House Engineering College in London, where he obtained its diploma (DFH) in electrical engineering, as well as an external degree from Exeter University.

In 1952 he joined Osborne & Hunter Ltd, electrical engineers in Glasgow, becoming a director from 1956 to 1989.

He set up a branch of the company in Kirkcaldy, on returning to Fife after the death of his father in 1955, when he succeeded to the baronetcy.

He married Ann Rawson Gordon, the daughter of Air Commodore Robert Gordon, in June 1953.

She died in 2006. They had four children.

Sir James was a partner in the Kilmaron Electrical Company between 1982 and 1999, a director of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting between 1982 and 1988, and he served as president of the Electrical Contractors Association of Scotland between 1982 and 1984.

He was also a member of the technical committee of the Association Internationale des Enterprises d’Equipment Electrique from 1981 to 1995 and sat on the wiring regulations committee of the Institute of Electrical Engineers between 1982 and 1995.

In 2009 he was given a lifetime achievement award by Select, Scotland’s Electrical Trade Association.

Sir James will probably be best remembered by many for his laugh and his amusing stories.

Outside of business and work, he was a founder member and early chairman of the Scottish Traction Engine Society in the early 1960s.

He was chairman of the Fife Area Scout Council from 1966 to 1984 and honorary pipe major of the Royal Scottish Pipers Society from 1981 to 1983, covering the society’s centenary year when the Queen and Prince Philip attended the centenary ball in Edinburgh.

Sir James was chieftain of Cupar Highland Games in 1991.

He also served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Fife from 1978 to 2000.

His many other interests included dousing, shooting, beekeeping, fishing and his six grandchildren.

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