On leaving school, Hector's first employment offered training to become an Insurance Valuator & Assessor, but the constant sight of the adjacent Anchor Line offices brought about a change of plan. After obtaining the necessary certificate, he became a sea-going Radio Officer.
Following his marriage, he came ashore to work as an electronics technician with Glasgow University, going on to work in Nuclear research at CERN in Geneva. After four years in Switzerland, he returned to Scotland to work in oceanographic research, followed by some years in nucleonics with medical and industrial applications. The sale of a first television play then launched a new career as full-time playwright.
For over forty years now, he has combined the life of a freelance dramatist with research into luthery.
"When we talk of the revival of Scottish Theatre, the name of Hector MacMillan must be at the front of our minds. His seminal work in the 1970s included such plays as The Rising or The Royal Visit, which re-opened our minds to our own history, and the satirical and still apt dramatic exploration of sectarianism, The Sash. His translations of Molière too attract well-deserved praise. In fact, Hector has been a key figure in Scottish theatre for over forty years."
".... Hector is now, following the great figures of Robert McLellan and Ena Lamont Stewart, appointed by his peers as the Scottish Society of Playwrights' Honorary lifetime President."
Professor Ian Brown. ASLS
In addition to a large number of drama scripts [1967-1987] for educational film, television and radio, work completed includes: