Willie MacRae died in 1985, in mysterious circumstances that have never been resolved. A Scot, he was an officer in the Royal Navy, a lawyer, academic, anti-nuclear SNP activist and politician. His work creating a legal maritime framework for Israel and as an academic in Haifa led to the title of the play.
MacRae is remembered for his mysterious death, in which his car crashed in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands and he was found to be fatally shot in the head by a revolver that was found some distance away. The official verdict was undetermined.
Andy Paterson is an actor, playwright and musician – 3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae was premiered in Edinburgh at the Festival Fringe in 2011 and was last performed there in 2016.