Veronica Linklater, Baroness Linklater of Butterstone

The Baroness Linklater of Butterstone
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
1 November 1997 – 12 February 2016
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born 15 April 1943
Political party Liberal Democrats

Veronica Linklater, Baroness Linklater of Butterstone (born 15 April 1943), is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. Her career indicates her interests in children’s welfare, education and special needs, and prison reform. She was created a life peer as Baroness Linklater of Butterstone, of Riemore in Perth and Kinross on 1 November 1997.[1]

Linklater is the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Michael Lyle and Hon. Elizabeth Sinclair, younger daughter of the former Leader of the Liberal Party Archibald Sinclair, 1st Viscount Thurso. She was educated at Cranborne Chase School, a former boarding independent school for girls situated at New Wardour Castle, near Tisbury, Wiltshire, followed by the Universities of Sussex and London. In 1967 Linklater married the journalist Magnus Linklater; they have three children, two sons and one daughter.[citation needed]

Her first cousin, John Thurso, 3rd Viscount Thurso was an elected Liberal Democrat MP for the seat of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. In 1967, she became a Child Care Officer for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and between 1970–85, she became governor to three Islington schools. From 1971-77, she co-founded the Visitors' Centre at Pentonville Prison, and her continuing interest in this field led to her involvement with the Winchester Prison Project, Prison Reform Trust from 1981-82. She is a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "No. 54939". The London Gazette. 5 November 1997. p. 12421.


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