Professor Duncan Ross is a Scottish nationalist political activist and Professor of Economic and Social History.

Ross studied at the University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics.[1] He joined the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1987, and was elected as the party's national secretary in 2006.[2] He stood for the party in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill at the 2005 general election, taking second place with 13.6% of the votes cast,[3] then in Cunninghame South at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, taking second place, with 34.6% of the vote.[4] He was fifth on the party list for the 2009 European Parliament election, but only the top two candidates were elected.[5][6]

In 2009, Ross was a leading supporter of an independent Scotland joining the Euro, arguing that the SNP's manifesto should commit to this, rather than stating that the matter would be put to a referendum.[7] In 2014, he was an organiser of an event promoted by Republic, putting the case for an independent Scotland to be a republic.[8]

Ross works as a Professor of Economic and Social History, as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.[9]


  1. ^ "SNP candidates line up for Glasgow East Archived 21 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine", Scottish National Party
  2. ^ "Dr Duncan Ross Elected National Secretary Archived 21 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine", Scottish National Party
  3. ^ "Result: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill", BBC News, 6 May 2005
  4. ^ "Cunninghame South", BBC News, 4 May 2007
  5. ^ City of Edinburgh Council[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "BBC NEWS | European Election 2009 | UK Results | Scotland". Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  7. ^ "SNP European divisions laid bare", BBC News, 16 October 2009
  8. ^ "Independence referendum: Alex Salmond urged to scrap the Queen by anti-monarchy campaigners in event of Yes vote", Daily Record, 19 June 2014
  9. ^ "[1]", University of Glasgow
Party political offices Preceded byAlasdair Allan National Secretary of the Scottish National Party 2006–2009 Succeeded byWilliam Henderson