da Vinci MacLaren (LM) was born in Glasgow
on 24th September 1910. He was the son
of Andrew MacLaren, a Labour Member
of Parliament and a staunch advocate
of Henry George, the American economist.
His father was a great influence on
his life and Leon MacLaren followed
him in his economic and political aspirations.
his interests in politics, economics
and the Law, he followed the sound
of his heart to start a ‘School’,
not knowing what this meant, but something
manner of Socrates.”
As a young man of 16 he had made the
very clear to me that there was such
a thing as Truth and there was such
a thing as Justice and that they could
be found and being found, could be
taught. It seemed to me that that
was the most valuable thing one could
pursue.” He spent the rest
of his life pursuing this aim.
MacLaren began by giving public
lectures on Economics together with
a group of equally inspired friends
and with the help of his father, the
School of Economic Science was established
in 1937. He wrote a book The Nature
of Society, setting out the principles
which were taught in the School.
In 1938 he was called
to the bar and practised in Chambers
at 2 Paper Buildings in the Inner
Temple, where he was renowned as a
brilliant advocate and he might have
been a judge had not other interests
taken his time and energy.
He turned his mind
to politics, being nominated as Labour
candidate for Epping where Winston
Churchill was the sitting member but
withdrew before the 1950 election.
He then stood as a Liberal for Yeovil
and also in Hendon North in 1951 without
any success in either constituency.
He married twice
and had two daughters from his first
For some years
Leon MacLaren lived in Hammersmith
and later divided his time between
properties owned by the School in
Hampstead and in Oxfordshire. From
the early 70’s until his death
in 1994, Leon MacLaren spent three
months of the year traveling round
the world visiting the affiliated