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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 (born 30 December 1967) is a Scottish-based lawyer of Pakistani background, and the current Rector of the University of Glasgow. He campaigned on behalf of the family of murder ...more
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Adam Cockburn, Lord Ormi... 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 (1656 – 16 April 1735), was a Scottish administrator, politician and judge. He served as Commissioner for Haddington Constabulary in the ...more
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Alexander Pollock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 74
Alexander Pollock (born 21 July 1944) is a former Scottish Conservative Party politician and now a sheriff. He was educated at Rutherglen Academy, Glasgow Academy, Brasenose College, Oxford and ...more
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Alistair Darling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 65
Alistair Maclean Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish, (born 28 November 1953), is a British Labour Party politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from ...more
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Andrew Constable, Lord C... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 63 (1865-1928)
"Lord Constable" redirects here; not to be confused with the subsidiary title of the Viscount of Dunbar. Arthur Henderson Briggs "Andrew" Constable, Lord Constable (3 March ...more
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Andrew Murray, 1st Visco... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 93 (1849-1942)
Andrew Graham Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin, (21 November 1849 – 21 August 1942) was a Scottish politician and judge. He served as Secretary for Scotland between 1903 and 1905, as Lord Justice ...more
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Andrew Rutherfurd, Lord ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 63 (1791-1854)
The Right Hon. Andrew Rutherfurd, Lord Rutherfurd, (born Andrew Greenfield; 21 June 1791–13 December 1854) was a Scottish advocate, judge and politician.
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Annabelle Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 58
Annabelle Janet Ewing (born 20 August 1960) is a Scottish politician, lawyer and former Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs in the Scottish Government. She is the Scottish National ...more
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Archibald Primrose, Lord... 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 (16 May 1616 – 27 November 1679) was a notable Scottish lawyer, judge, and Cavalier. The son of James Primrose (d. 1641) by Catherine, ...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, Lord Dewar KC (14 March 1860 – 14 June 1917) was a Scottish politician and judge, who served as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh South as well as Solicitor General ...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 (c. 1260 – 1311?) 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 (born 1961) 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 ...more
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Charles Erskine, Lord Ti... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 83 (1680-1763)
Charles Erskine also spelled Areskine (1680 – 5 April 1763), of Tinwald and Barjarg, Dumfries, and Alva, Clackmannan was Lord Advocate, a Scottish judge, and a politician who sat in the House of ...more
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Charles Falconer, Baron ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 67
Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, (born 19 November 1951), is a British Labour peer and barrister. Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State ...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, (14 November 1797 – 22 February 1875) was a Scottish geologist who demonstrated the power of existing natural causes in explaining Earth history. He is best known ...more
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Charles Maitland, 3rd Ea... 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 (c. 1620 – 9 June 1691), was the second son (The Great Seal of Scotland gives him as third son) of John Maitland, 1st Earl of Lauderdale (died 1645). ...more
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Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd o... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 65
Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd of Duncansby, PC QC, (born 7 June 1953) 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 ...more
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Craig Thomson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 46
Craig Alexander Thomson (born 20 June 1972) is a Scottish former football referee, who was a match official between 1988 and 2019. Thomson originates from Paisley, Renfrewshire.
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David Dalrymple, Lord Ha... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 66 (1726-1792)
Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, 3rd Baronet of Hailes (28 October 1726 – 29 November 1792) was a Scottish advocate, judge and historian, born in Edinburgh.
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David Fleming, Lord Flem... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
David Fleming, Lord Fleming Dec. at 67 (1877-1944)
David Pinkerton Fleming, Lord Fleming (11 February 1877 – 20 October 1944) was a Scottish politician and judge, rising to be Senator of the College of Justice.
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Derry Irvine, Baron Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
age 78
Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine, Baron Irvine of Lairg (born 23 June 1940), known as Derry Irvine, is a Scottish lawyer, judge, and political figure who served as Lord Chancellor under his former ...more
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Duncan Forbes, Lord Cull... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 62 (1685-1747)
Duncan Forbes of Culloden (10 November 1685 – 10 December 1747) was a Scottish lawyer and Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1721 to 1737. As Lord President and senior Scottish ...more
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Duncan McNeill, 1st Baro... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 81 (1793-1874)
Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colonsay FRSE (20 August 1793 – 31 January 1874) was a Scottish advocate, judge and Tory politician. He was Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of ...more
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Edward Gordon, Baron Gor... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers from Scotland
Dec. at 65 (1814-1879)
Edward Strathearn Gordon, Baron Gordon of Drumearn, (10 April 1814 – 21 August 1879) was a Scottish judge and politician.
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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)
The Hon. Edward Theodore Salvesen, Lord Salvesen (20 July 1857 – 23 February 1942) was a Scottish lawyer, politician and judge who rose to be a Senator of the College of Justice.