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  • Sir Adam Otterburn, of Auldhame and Redhall, King's Advocate (1512 - 1548)
    Adam Otterburn of Auldhame and Reidhall (died 6 July 1548) was a Scottish lawyer and diplomat. He was king's advocate to James V of Scotland and secretary to Mary of Guise and Regent Arran. Otterbu...
  • Sir Hew Dalrymple, Bt. (1690 - 1755)
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  • Hugh Campbell, 3rd Earl of Loudoun (b. - 1731)
    He succeeded to the title of 4th Lord Campbell of Loudoun [S., 1601] in 1684. He succeeded to the title of 3rd Lord Tarrinzean and Mauchline [S., 1633] in 1684. He succeeded to the title of 3rd Earl of...
  • Thomas Maitland, Lord Dundrennan (1792 - 1851)
    Wikipedia The Peerage == Wikipedia Biographical Summary == " Thomas Maitland, Lord Dundrennan (October 9, 1792 – June 10, 1851) was a Scottish lawyer and judge. He was Solicitor General for Scotland ...
  • George Dundas, Lord Manor (1802 - 1869)
    Notes "His younger brother, George Dundas, has died eight years before. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1826 , and enjoyed considerable practice. In 1845 he became Sheriff of Selkirkshire, and i...

Scope of Project

This project is a place to gather together profiles of those men and women who have been appointed Senators of the College of Justice in Scotland.


The Senators of the College of Justice are judges of the College of Justice, a set of legal institutions involved in the administration of justice in Scotland. There are three types of Senator: Lords of Session (judges of the Court of Session); Lords Commissioner of Justiciary (judges of the High Court of Justiciary); and the Chairman of the Scottish Land Court. Whilst the High Court and Court of Session historically maintained separate judiciary, these are now one and the same, and the term, Senator, is almost exclusively used in referring to the judges of these courts.

Senators of the College use the title Lord or Lady along with a surname or a territorial name. Note, however, that some Senators have a peerage title, which would be used instead of the senatorial title. All Senators of the College have the honorific, The Honourable, before their titles, while those who are also Privy Counsellors or peers have the honorific, The Right Honourable. Senators are made Privy Counsellors upon promotion to the Inner Court.

List of Senators of the College of Justice

Commissioners for the Adminstration of Justice to the People of Scotland

  • Robert Murray - page 355
  • Sir John Hope - page 346
  • Col. William Lockhart - page 346 - Wikipedia Entry
  • John Swinton - page 346
  • Edward Mosley, Esq. - page 346
  • March, Esq. - page 346
  • Owen, Esq. - page 346
  • George Smyth, Esq. - page 346
  • William Laurence, Esq. - page 347
  • Hopkins, Esq. - page 347
  • Alexander Person - page 347
  • Henry Goodeir - page 347
  • Sir James Learmonth - page 347
  • Andrew Ker - page 347
  • James Dalrymple - page 347
  • Sir Archibald Johnstone - page 347
  • Alexander Brodie - page 347
  • Crook, Junior, Esq. - page 347
  • John Hewat, Esq. - page 347
  • Sir John Wemyss - page 347
  • John Scougall - page 347
  • James Roberton, Esq. - page 347
  • David Falconer, Esq. - page 347



SOURCE: An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice from its Institution in MDXXXII by George Brunton and David Haig, published by Thomas Clark MDCCCXXXII; and Wikipedia contributors, 'List of historic Senators of the College of Justice', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 22 March 2013, 15:41 UTC, <> [accessed 29 April 2013]