THE immensely wealthy John Hay (‘Jock’) Whitney - “sportsman, investor, publisher, philanthropist, political mover”, to quote from his New York Times obituary - was appointed US Ambassador to Great Britain by President Eisenhower, and in September 1957 he paid a flying visit to Scotland.

In Edinburgh he paid a courtesy call on the City Chambers, meeting Bailie T.D. Hunter, who was deputising for the Lord Provost, before being driven west, accompanied by Lord Polworth, chairman of the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) and E.D. Kuppinger, US Consul-General in Edinburgh. In Lanarkshire, he toured Newhouse industrial estate, where he was received by Belton O.Bryan, the US Consul-General in Glasgow, and toured an American-owned factory. The Scottish Council staged a lunch in his honour at Glasgow City Chambers, and at a brief press conference he said he had been “much impressed” by the practical application of the best in British-American relations which he had seen at Newhouse and elsewhere. US companies had found hospitable conditions in Scotland, and he saw no reason why these conditions should not continue.

At Bridge Wharf (Whitney is on the left) he boarded a Clyde Navigation Trust tug bound for Dunglass, near Bowling. He visited Dumbarton Castle, and later left Renfrew Airport for London.