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

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Aamer Anwar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 52
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 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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Alexander Pollock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 74
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 65
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
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 Murray, 1st Viscount Du... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers 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) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Annabelle Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 58
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 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) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers 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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Baldred Bisset is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Baldred Bisset Dec. 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 58
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
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 Falconer, Baron Falcon... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 67
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
Dec. 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 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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Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd of Dunc... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 65
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 46
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 78
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. at 85 (1857-1942)
Edward Theodore Salvesen, Lord Salvesen PC QC LLD was a Scottish lawyer, politician and judge.