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Maitland Mackie


1937 - 2014

Farmer and ice-cream producer. Born on the family farm of Westertown near Rothienorman (Aberdeenshire), the son of Sir Maitland Mackie (1912-96) a noted agriculturalist and local politician, and educated at the University of Aberdeen, where he met his Norwegian wife. He built up a business around the farm first rented by his grandfather and innovated in terms of improved animal welfare, helping found the 'farm assurance' quality standard in Scotland. He was also prominent in establishing Scottish-produced food on the international market. However Mackie is best known for his innovative farm-produced ice cream brand, created in 1986 to use an excess of full-cream milk. He was also an early proponent of renewable energy, writing on the value of locally-installed generation, as well as installing wind turbines and solar panels on the 1600-acre farm. He was awarded a CBE in 1991 for services to agriculture, an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 1996 and served as Rector of that university from 2012 until his death.


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