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

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Aamer Anwar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 51 Aamer Anwar is a prominent Scottish lawyer of Pakistani background who is noted for his left-wing political views and several associated controversies. He was an active participant in the Stop ...more

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Adam Cockburn, Lord Ormiston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Alexander Pollock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 73 Alexander Pollock is a former Scottish Conservative Party politician and now a sheriff. He was educated at Rutherglen Academy, Glasgow Academy, Brasenose College, Oxford and at Edinburgh ...more

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Alistair Darling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 64 Alistair Darling is a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2015, most recently for Edinburgh South West. He was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the ...more

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Andrew Constable, Lord Constab... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers 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 Murray, 1st Viscount Du... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers 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) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Annabelle Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 57 Annabelle Janet Ewing is a Scottish politician, lawyer and SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife. She is the Minister for Youth and Women's Employment in the Scottish ...more

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Archibald Primrose, Lord Carri... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawyers 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) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Baldred Bisset is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Baldred Bisset Died at 51 (1260-1311) Baldred Bisset was a medieval Scottish lawyer.

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Brian Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Brian Fitzpatrick age 57 Brian Fitzpatrick is a lawyer and politician who was Labour Party MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden between 2001 and 2003. In 1999, First Minister Donald Dewar appointed him as Head of Policy in ...more

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Charles Erskine, Lord Tinwald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers 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 Falconer, Baron Falcon... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 66 Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, is a British Labour politician and barrister. Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional ...more

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Charles Lyell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 78 (1797-1875) Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, FRS was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts ...more

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Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd of Dunc... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 64 Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd of Duncansby, PC QC, is a Scottish judge who has been a Senator of the College of Justice since June 2012. He was Lord Advocate for Scotland from 24 February 2000 until ...more

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Craig Thomson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 45 Craig Alexander Thomson is a Scottish football referee, who has been a match official since 1988. He originates from Paisley, Renfrewshire.

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David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers 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 Fleming, Lord Fleming is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Derry Irvine, Baron Irvine of ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 77 Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine, Baron Irvine of Lairg, PC, QC, known as Derry Irvine, is a British lawyer, judge, and political figure who served as Lord Chancellor under his former pupil ...more

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Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers 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) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers 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 Gordon, Baron Gordon of... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers 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) 25 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Elish Angiolini is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 57 Dame Elish Frances Angiolini, DBE, QC, FRSA, née McPhilomy, is a Scottish lawyer of Italian descent. She was the Lord Advocate of Scotland from 2006 until 2011, having previously been ...more

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Frank Mulholland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 58 Frank Mulholland, PC, QC is a Scottish lawyer and has been Lord Advocate, one of the Great Officers of State of Scotland and the country's chief Law Officer, since 19 May 2011, having previously ...more

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George Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 83 (1742-1825) George Chalmers was a Scottish antiquarian and political writer.

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George Dempster of Dunnichen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 86 (1732-1818) George Dempster of Dunnichen and Skibo FRSE FSA was a Scottish advocate, landowner, agricultural improver and politician. Dempster served as Member of Parliament for the Perth Burghs, founded ...more

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George Joseph Bell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
George Joseph Bell Died at 73 (1770-1843) George Joseph Bell FRSE was a Scottish advocate and legal scholar. From 1822 to 1843 he was Professor of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh. He was succeeded by John Shank More.

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George Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
George Lockhart Died at 59 (1630-1689) Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath was a Scottish advocate, judge and commissioner to parliament. The son of Sir James Lockhart of Lee, laird of Lee, he was admitted as an advocate in 1656. He was ...more

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George Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 55 (1636-1691) Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, known as Bluidy Mackenzie, was a Scottish lawyer, Lord Advocate, essayist and legal writer.

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George Patton, Lord Glenalmond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 66 (1803-1869) George Patton, Lord Glenalmond was a Scottish politician and judge. He studied law at Edinburgh University. He studied at Glasgow University and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was Conservative ...more

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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 48 Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. A trained lawyer, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs. ...more

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Gerry Maher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Gerry Maher Gerard 'Gerry' Maher QC is a Scottish lawyer and academic. He was a Law Commissioner at the Scottish Law Commission from 2000–2008, and is currently Professor of Criminal Law at the University ...more

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Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Graham Bell Graham Clark Bell OBE QC is a Scottish advocate. He has been instructed regularly in the Criminal Appeal Court since being called to the Bar. As both Junior and Senior Counsel he has conducted ...more

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Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 72 Hazel Josephine Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, CBE, is a Scottish lawyer, and was the first woman to be appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of Scotland's Supreme Courts.

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Hector MacQueen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Hector MacQueen Hector L. MacQueen, FBA, FRSE, is a Scottish academic, a senior scholar of Scots law and legal history. He is Professor of Private Law at the University of Edinburgh and a former Dean of its ...more

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Henry Erskine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 71 (1746-1817) The Honourable Henry "Harry" Erskine was a Scottish Whig politician and lawyer.

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Henry Lauder, Lord St Germains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Henry Lauder, Lord St Germains Henry Lauder, Lord St Germains was Lord Advocate of Scotland and one of the nine advocates nominated and appointed at the institution of the College of Justice as an Ordinary Lord, styled Lord ...more

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Henry Scrimgeour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 67 (1505-1572) Henry Scrimgeour or Scrymgeour was a diplomat and book collector.

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Ian Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 92 Ian Robertson Hamilton, QC is a lawyer and Scottish Nationalist. He is best known for his part in the removal of the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in 1950.

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James Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
James Anderson Died at 66 (1662-1728) James Anderson, Scottish antiquary and historian, was born at Edinburgh. He was educated for the law, and became a writer to the signet in 1691. His profession gave him the opportunity of ...more

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James Balfour Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 85 (1846-1931) Sir James Balfour Paul GCVO GCStJ FSAS was the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the officer responsible for heraldry in Scotland, from 1890 until the end of 1926. He was born in Edinburgh, the second son ...more

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James Frazer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 87 (1854-1941) Sir James George Frazer OM FRS FRSE FBA, was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered ...more

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James Mackay, Baron Mackay of ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 90 James Peter Hymers Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern, KT, PC, QC is a British advocate. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Lord Advocate, and Lord Chancellor. He is an active member ...more

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James Robertson, Baron Roberts... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 64 (1845-1909) James Patrick Bannerman Robertson, Baron Robertson, was a Scottish judge and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 until 1891 when he was raised to the peerage as ...more

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James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Died at 56 (1742-1798) James Wilson was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, where he ...more

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Jock Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Jock Brown age 72 John Winton Brown is a solicitor and freelance football commentator, currently broadcasting for News UK Ltd.

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John Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
John Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott Died at 88 (1924-2012) John Campbell Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, KT, CBE, DSC, JP, FRSA, FRSE was a Scottish peer, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire and a notable businessman.