Ray Perman was a journalist in London and Edinburgh for thirty years. He was a co-founder of the business magazine Insider Publications and was Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise from 1999 to 2003. From 2011-17 he was Chairman of The James Hutton Institute, the first institute of its type in Europe dedicated to making new contributions to the understanding of key global issues such as food, energy and environmental security.

Ray Perman is the author of The Man Who Gave Away His Island: A Life of John Lorne Campbell of Canna (2010) and Hubris: How HBOS Wrecked the Best Bank in Britain (2012). From 2012-17 Ray was director of the David Hume Institute. In 2017 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Coming in autumn 2019, The Rise & Fall of the City of Money, will be published by Birlinn.



  1. Keith Smith

    How much enjoyed your piece about Scott in the recent FT and then listening to your talk on your website. Our family forebears John and Thomas Smith were the principal builders of Abbotsford working to Sir Walter. We have 20 or so letters between Scott and then, some of which cover the issues surrounding the money he owed them. I found the rough copies of the letters rehearsing how they might ask him for money fascinating. Do please tell me if you’d like to see them for the Scott chapter in your book as we have them electronically. We’ve deposited the originals now with the NLS

  2. Mr. Lanning Bennett

    Ray – great article on the library of mistakes

    I have taught a couple of short course on this – one on Lehman. Wondering what books you would recommend in this area.

    Thank you.

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