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John Charles Walsham Reith

John Charles Walsham Reith (1889 -1971)

Known as the "Father of the BBC" in the years 1927-38 John Charles Walsham Reith, statesman, administrator, engineer and 1st Baron Reith of Stonehaven, was a son of the Free Church Manse and was born on July 20th 1889, in what is now 80/84 Evan Street.

Stonehaven Heritage Society plaque on his birthplace, was unveiled by his son exactly 100 years later.

Member of Parliament in 1940. Minister of Transport & Information in same year and later Minister of Works and Buildings in 1942.

Knight of the Thistle in 1969. CBE, GCVO & Privy Counselor followed.

Rector of Glasgow University from 1965-68

He died on the 16th June 1971.

Today Baron Reith is remembered as much for his writings (Reith Diaries, "Into the Wind and "Wearing Spurs") as for his activities in the BBC

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