Edward was elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2016.
Edward joined the army in 1980 and was commissioned in 1981. His military service took him to Cyprus, Uganda, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain and Egypt. Edward left the army in 1992 but continued to serve as a reservist for a further six years.
On leaving the army, Edward went to Sparsholt Agricultural College where he completed a diploma in Farm Management. He then went to the Royal Agricultural College and completed a degree in Rural Land Management.
In 1995 Edward joined a firm of ‘chartered surveyors’ and qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1997. Edward became a partner in this firm in 2000 and in 2006 become the senior partner in Inverness.
In 2007, Edward returned home to farm and runs a herd of 180 pedigree Simmentals and grows 300 acres of barley. The farm includes property letting enterprises.