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Donald Dewar Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Donald Dewar: Obituary
Donald Dewar in Edinburgh
Mr Dewar died at the pinnacle of his career
In May 1999 Donald Dewar became the first minister of the first Scottish Parliament in almost 300 years.

It secured for him a place in history and represented a true high point in his long political career.

But in his last 18 months it was not all plain sailing.

As the new power house north of the border approached the end of its first turbulent year, Mr Dewar learned he would need major hea