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List of notable or famous judges from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in Scotland and even some popular judges who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from Scotland is included when available.

This list has a variety of people in it, from David Lyndsay to George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie.

This historic judges from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from Scotland?" These prominent judges of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish judges.

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Adam Cockburn, Lord Ormiston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Adam Cockburn, Lord Ormiston Died at 79 (1656-1735) Adam Cockburn, Laird of Ormiston, Lord Ormiston, was a Scottish administrator, politician and judge. He served as Commissioner for Haddington Constabulary in the parliaments of 1681-2 and 1689, ...more

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Adam Gifford, Lord Gifford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Adam Gifford, Lord Gifford Died at 67 (1820-1887) Adam Gifford, Lord Gifford FRSE was a Scottish advocate and judge. He was a Radical in politics, and expected no appointment from Government, until he was made an advocate depute in 1861, under ...more

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Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull age 59 Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull is a Scottish lawyer, and a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the country's Supreme Courts. He was one of the lead prosecutors in the Pan Am Flight 103 ...more

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Alastair Campbell, Lord Bracad... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alastair Campbell, Lord Bracadale age 68 Alastair Peter Campbell, Lord Bracadale, QC is a senior Scottish judge.

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Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck Died at 76 (1706-1782) Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck, 8th Laird of Auchinleck was a judge of the supreme courts of Scotland. He was the father of the author and biographer James Boswell, and grandfather of ...more

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Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd E... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd Earl of Marchmont Died at 65 (1675-1740) Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd Earl of Marchmont PC, was a Scottish nobleman, politician and judge. Third but eldest surviving son of Patrick Hume, 1st Earl of Marchmont, by his spouse Grisel, ...more

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Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Ba... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart Died at 76 (1924-2000) Alexander John Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart was a Scottish advocate and judge. He was the first judge from a United Kingdom jurisdiction to sit on the European Court of Justice in ...more

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Alexander Maconochie, Lord Mea... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alexander Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank Died at 84 (1777-1861) Alexander Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank of Garvock and Pitliver FRSE FSA, was a Scottish advocate, judge, landowner and politician. After 1854 he took the surname Maconochie-Welwood. Alexander ...more

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Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strat... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde Died at 75 (1853-1928) Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde GBE was a Scottish politician and judge. Educated at the University of Glasgow he was admitted to membership of the Faculty of Advocates in 1878. He was ...more

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Andrew Constable, Lord Constab... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 63 (1865-1928) Arthur Henderson Briggs Constable, Lord Constable CBE KC FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge and Tory politician. He served as Dean of Faculty and as Solicitor General. Born in Benarty, Fife, ...more

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Andrew Fletcher, Lord Milton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Andrew Fletcher, Lord Milton Died at 74 (1692-1766) Andrew Fletcher, Lord Milton was a notable Scottish judge and Lord Justice Clerk.

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Andrew Murray, 1st Viscount Du... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 93 (1849-1942) Andrew Graham Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin GCVO, PC, QC was a Scottish politician and judge. He served as Secretary for Scotland between 1903 and 1905, as Lord Justice General and Lord President ...more

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Andrew Rutherfurd, Lord Ruther... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 63 (1791-1854) Andrew Rutherfurd, Lord Rutherfurd of Crosshill FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge and politician. His father was the minister William Greenfield but the family changed their name to ...more

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Andrew Rutherfurd-Clark, Lord ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Andrew Rutherfurd-Clark, Lord Rutherfurd-Clark Died at 71 (1828-1899) Andrew Rutherfurd Clark, Lord Rutherfurd-Clark LLD was a Scottish judge The son of Rev. T. Clark, Minister of St Andrew's Church, Edinburgh, and Grizel Rutherfurd. He married his cousin, the ...more

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Archibald Douglas, Parson of D... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Archibald Douglas, Parson of Douglas Died at 47 (1540-1587) Archibald Douglas, Parson of Douglas, was also Parson of Glasgow, a Senator of the College of Justice, Ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I of England, and a notorious intriguer. Archibald Douglas ...more

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Archibald Primrose, Lord Carri... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Archibald Primrose, Lord Carrington Died at 63 (1616-1679) Sir Archibald Primrose, 1st Baronet, Lord Carrington was a notable Scottish lawyer, judge, and Cavalier. The son of James Primrose by Catherine, daughter of Richard Lawson of Boghall, he ...more

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Arthur Dewar, Lord Dewar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 57 (1860-1917) Arthur Dewar, later Lord Dewar, was a Scottish politician and judge, who served as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South as well as Solicitor General for Scotland and later a ...more

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Arthur Hamilton, Lord Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
age 75 Arthur Campbell Hamilton, Lord Hamilton, is a Scottish judge and served as Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session from November 2005 until 8 June 2012, succeeding Lord

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Brian Gill, Lord Gill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
age 76 Brian Gill, Lord Gill is the Lord President and Lord Justice General and Scotland's longest serving judge. Gill previously served as Lord Justice Clerk from 2001 to 2012, and was a distinguished ...more

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Charles Dickson, Lord Dickson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 72 (1850-1922) Charles Scott Dickson FRSE was a Scottish Unionist politician and judge. Educated at the High School of Glasgow, the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh he was admitted to the ...more

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Charles Erskine, Lord Tinwald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 83 (1680-1763) Charles Erskine was Lord Advocate, a Scottish judge, and a Member of Parliament. Charles Erskine was the fourth son of Sir Charles Erskine, Baronet, of Alva, by his spouse Christian, daughter of ...more

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Charles Jauncey, Baron Jauncey... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 82 (1925-2007) Charles Eliot Jauncey, Baron Jauncey of Tullichettle, PC was a British judge and advocate. He was often praised as one of the finest legal minds of his generation in Scotland, and his legal ...more

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Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale Died at 71 (1620-1691) Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale, was the second son of John Maitland, 1st Earl of Lauderdale. Following the death of his father-in-law, Richard Lauder of Haltoun, in November 1675, he ...more

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Charles Murray, Lord Murray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 70 (1866-1936) Charles David Murray, Lord Murray CMG, PC, KC was a Scottish Tory politician, lawyer and judge. Born in London, Murray was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University and was admitted ...more

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Charles Neaves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Charles Neaves Died at 76 (1800-1876) Charles Neaves, Lord Neaves FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge, theologian and writer. He served as Solicitor General, as a judge of the Court of Session, the supreme court of Scotland, and as ...more

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Charles Pearson, Lord Pearson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Charles Pearson, Lord Pearson Died at 67 (1843-1910) Sir Charles John Pearson was a Scottish politician and judge.

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Charles Shaw, Baron Kilbrandon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 83 (1906-1989) Charles James Dalrymple Shaw, Baron Kilbrandon PC was a Scottish judge and law lord.

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Craigie Aitchison, Lord Aitchi... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Craigie Aitchison, Lord Aitchison Died at 59 (1882-1941) Craigie Mason Aitchison KC was a Scottish politician and judge. Educated at Falkirk High School and Edinburgh University, where he was the Vans Dunlop Scholar in Mental Philosophy and Muirhead ...more

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Daniel Blades, Lord Blades is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Daniel Blades, Lord Blades Died at 71 (1888-1959) Daniel Patterson Blades FRSE LLB was a Scottish judge.

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David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 66 (1726-1792) Sir David Dalrymple, 3rd Baronet, Lord Hailes was a Scottish advocate, judge and historian, born in Edinburgh.

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David Dundas, Lord Dundas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
David Dundas, Lord Dundas Died at 68 (1854-1922) David Dundas, Lord Dundas was a Scottish politician and judge. The youngest son of George Dundas, one of the Senators of the College of Justice in Scotland, and of late Elizabeth Mackenzie, he ...more

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David Fleming, Lord Fleming is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 67 (1877-1944) David Pinkerton Fleming, Lord Fleming MC was a Scottish politician and judge. He was educated at Glasgow High School, the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow, and was called to the ...more

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David Hope, Baron Hope of Crai... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
age 79 James Arthur David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead, KT PC FRSE is a retired Scottish judge who served as the first Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, having previously ...more

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David King Murray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
David King Murray Died at 71 (1884-1955) Sir Thomas David King Murray, KC, FRSE was a Scottish politician and judge. The son of James Murray, Greenknowe, Bothwell, he was educated at Hamilton Academy, Glasgow High School and Glasgow ...more

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David Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 65 (1490-1555) Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount, was a Scottish herald, who held the office of Lyon King of Arms, and a poet, whose works reflect the spirit of the Renaissance.

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Donald Mackay, Baron Mackay of... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
age 72 Donald Sage Mackay, Baron Mackay of Drumadoon, PC, QC is a former judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, and a former Lord Advocate, the country's senior Law Officer. He was also one of five ...more

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Douglas Jamieson, Lord Jamieso... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Douglas Jamieson, Lord Jamieson Died at 72 (1880-1952) Douglas Jamieson was a Scottish Unionist politician and judge. Educated at Cargilfield School, Fettes College, the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh University, Jamieson was admitted as an ...more

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Douglas Johnston, Lord Johnsto... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 78 (1907-1985) Douglas Harold Johnston TD was a Scottish Advocate, politician and Judge. He served as a Minister in the government of Clement Attlee and ended his career as a Senator of the College of Justice. ...more

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Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 62 (1685-1747) Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden was a Scottish politician and judge. He was President of the Court of Session.

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Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 81 (1793-1874) Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colonsay FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge and Tory politician. He was Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session between 1852 and 1867. His ...more

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Edward Maitland, Lord Barcaple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Edward Maitland, Lord Barcaple Died at 67 (1803-1870) Edward Francis Maitland, Lord Barcaple FRSE was a Scottish advocate and judge.

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Edward Gordon, Baron Gordon of... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 65 (1814-1879) Edward Strathearn Gordon, Baron Gordon of Drumearn was a Scottish judge and politician. Educated at Inverness Royal Academy, Royal High School, Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh ...more

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Edward Theodore Salvesen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Edward Theodore Salvesen Died at 85 (1857-1942) Edward Theodore Salvesen, Lord Salvesen PC QC LLD was a Scottish lawyer, politician and judge.

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Extraordinary Lord of Session is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Extraordinary Lord of Session Extraordinary Lords of Session were lay members of the Court of Session in Scotland from 1532 to 1762. When the Court of Session was founded in 1532, it consisted of the Lord President, 14 ...more

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Francis Grant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Francis Grant Died at 90 (1863-1953) Sir Francis James Grant KCVO, LLD, WS was a Scottish officer of arms who eventually rose to the office of Lord Lyon King of Arms. Grant served in the Court of the Lord Lyon as Carrick Pursuivant ...more

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Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 77 (1773-1850) Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey was a Scottish judge and literary critic.

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George Burnett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
George Burnett Died at 68 (1822-1890) George Burnett, LLD, WS was a long-serving Scottish officer of arms. He was the second son of John Burnett, Fifth Laird of Kemnay. He was appointed Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1866 and served in ...more

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George Deas, Lord Deas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
George Deas, Lord Deas Died at 83 (1804-1887) Sir George Deas, Lord Deas was a Scottish judge. Deas, son of Francis Deas of Falkland, Fife, was born in 1804. Sir David Deas, naval medical officer, was his brother. He acquired the rudiments ...more

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George Gordon, 1st Earl of Abe... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
George Gordon, 1st Earl of Aberdeen Died at 83 (1637-1720) George Gordon, 1st Earl of Aberdeen, Lord Chancellor of Scotland, was the second son of Sir John Gordon, 1st Baronet, of Haddo, Aberdeenshire,; by his wife, Mary Forbes.

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George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
Died at 84 (1630-1714) George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie FRS, known as Sir George Mackenzie, 2nd Baronet from 1654 to 1685 and as The Viscount of Tarbat from 1685 to 1703, was a Scottish statesman.