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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

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, and in the conventions of 1678 and 1689. He was appointed Lord Justice Clerk on 28 November 1692. Cockburn served as a member of the Privy Council, Treasurer Depute from 1699 until the accession of Anne, Lord Justice Clerk for a second term, and a Lord of Session from 1705. ...more

Age: Died at 79 (1656-1735)

Adam Gifford, Lord Gifford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from Scotland
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Adam Gifford, Lord Gifford

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 Palmerston; he prosecuted Jessie McLauchlan in the 1863 Sandyford murder case. He was appointed Sheriff of Orkney and Man in 1865, but delegated his duties to a resident sheriff-substitute. His lucrative private practice as an advocate made him a fortune, which he bequeathed towards the endowment of the four Gifford Lectureships on natural theology in connection with each of the four universities in Scotland then extant; he was a man of a philosophical turn of mind, and a student of the works of ...more

Age: Died at 67 (1820-1887)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull

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 bombing trial. ...more

Age: 59


Alastair Campbell, Lord Bracadale

Alastair Peter Campbell, Lord Bracadale, QC is a senior Scottish judge. ...more

Age: 68

Birthplace: Skye, Scotland