Sir Nicholas, who was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland
in 1979, held the seat of Perth and Kinross until May, 1995 when he died aged 61.
Despite his being a Blue Chip, a small group of Conservative MPs critical of Margaret Thatcher's economic policies, she appointed him Solicitor-General for Scotland
. And in 1989, he was elevated to the position of Lord Advocate, in which he featured in many high-profile trials such as that of assassin Vinko Siddicic, who travelled to Scotland to kill a Croat dissident.