"The board was ... the brainchild of the late Willie Ross, whom many of us called basso profondo when he was Secretary of State for Scotland" - Margaret Ewing

In Wilson’s Government, he was responsible for the creation of the Highlands and Islands Development Board and the Scottish Development Agency, still with us in the 21st century in their modern form as Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. He was very much Harold Wilson’s ‘man in Scotland’ and a stern opponent of the Scottish Nationalists.