The wind was likely biting, it was February in Edinburgh after all, but wrapped up warm in a long coat and gloves Margo MacDonald put her country over comfort.
It was Valentine’s Day 1979, so armed with a huge card for her loved one – Scotland – the politician took the opportunity to campaign for a Scottish Assembly, braving any chill as she posed for photographers outside the former Royal High School on Calton Hill, above.
Yesterday, hundreds of people came out to pay emotional tributes to Margo MacDonald, the Lothian MSP who died earlier this month after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, at a service in the Assembly Hall on the Mound. Among them were many politicians determined to see her long-held beliefs for an independent Scotland realised in this year’s referendum.
These pictures - just a snapshot of Margo MacDonald’s professional life - will bring back many happy memories for those who knew her, either publicly or privately, as well as those who admired her greatly as a well known Scottish figure.
She is pictured here with Stewart Lamont and Archie Macpherson, in their pyjamas, as new presenters of BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland show, in the Queen Street studios in July 1985.
Her journalistic broadcasting career was one which took off in the 1980s, with stints at the BBC and STV.
Outside her public life, she was a devoted mother and wife, pictured here with her politician husband Jim Sillars comfortably reading the Sunday newspapers on their settee at their home in May 1989.