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Giant of property industry Roy Slater dies aged 76

Slater started up Scotland's best-known estate agent Slater, Hogg & Howison but was also well known for work as a Liberal councillor and charity supporter.

Nigel Lewis

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Roy Mckinley Slater, a founding partner of prominent 25-branch estate agency Slater, Hogg and Howison, has died aged 76.

The ‘kind, generous and considerate’ Glasgow businessman set up the company in 1975 with Iain Hogg and Geoff Howison and helped to grow it into a major force within the Scottish housing market and beyond.

It was then sold to TSB in 1987 during that decade’s corporate buying ‘gold rush’ to TSB, for £9 million.

TSB later told the agency along with several other firms in its portfolio to Bradford & Bingley for £56 million in 1998 and, at the time Slater told local media that he wanted to see it return to private, rather than City, ownership.

That, somewhat sadly, didn’t come to pass and it is now part of the Countrywide/Connells family.

After selling Slater, Hogg and Howison, Slater founded a new and eponymous estate agency, which became the largest independent estate firm in the West of Scotland.

In 1996 he sold that business to a management buyout headed up by its estate agency MD Douglas Mackenzie, staying on as a consultant.

Until very recently Slater was active in the property sector, writing columns for national newspapers about his experiences and also helping raising money for charitable causes.

Speaking problems

In the mid-noughties it was revealed that Slater was suffering from Aphasia, which robs victims of their ability to speak.

“It was a normal Friday and I had made plans to meet a friend for lunch,” he told an NHS blog.

“We had just finished, I got up from the table and when I started talking to my friend, it was complete gobbledegook.

“I didn’t understand what had happened, but I had completely lost my ability to speak sensibly and at the time I didn’t understand why my friend couldn’t understand me, but thanks to the recent FAST (Face, Arm, Speech Test) television campaign about strokes, my friend spotted it straight-away and took me to the Victoria Infirmary.”

But he was equally well known in Scotland as a Liberal politicians, and in 1967 became the country’s youngest local councillor aged just 22 years old, and later became honorary president of the East Renfrewshire party.

He received an OBE in 2015 for services to business and charity in Scotland. He is survived by his brother Jim and by nieces Fiona and Joan and by cousin Carol.

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Pic credit: STV

January 14, 2022

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