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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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 60
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 69
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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 76
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 77
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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