Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colonsay

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Duncan McNeill c. 1844
"Scotch Law"
Lord Colonsay as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, September 1873

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 Session between 1852 and 1867.

His younger brother was the physician and diplomat Sir John McNeill.[1]

Background and education[edit]

McNeill was born at Oronsay, the son of John McNeill (1767–1846), laird of Colonsay and Oronsay, and his wife Hester (née McNeill).[2] Educated at St Andrew's University where he graduated MD, and Edinburgh University where he read law (LLD).

He served his apprenticeship under Michael Linning WS, and became a members of the Faculty of Advocates in 1816. He was the presumptive father of philosopher Edmund Montgomery.[3]

Political, legal and judicial career[edit]

MacNeill was appointed Sheriff of Perthshire in 1824. He served under Sir Robert Peel as Solicitor General for Scotland from 1834 to 1835 and again from 1841 to 1842 and as Lord Advocate from 1842 to 1846.[4] From 1843 to 1851 he sat as Member of Parliament for Argyllshire.[5] In 1851 he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice and an Ordinary Lord of Session as Lord Colonsay and Oronsay. He was Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session from 1852 to 1867, and was raised to the peerage as Baron Colonsay, of Colonsay and Oronsay in the County of Argyll, on 26 February 1867.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

McNeill was unmarried.

He was a member of the Highland Society of Edinburgh (1833).

Lord Colonsay died at Pau, France, on 31 January 1874, aged 80, when the title became extinct.[9] He was interred at Warriston Cemetery in Edinburgh, south of the upper east-west path towards the East Gate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Burke, Sir Bernard (1898). A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain & Ireland. Harrison & Sons. p. 864. 
  3. ^ "Ney Museum-Edmund Montgomery". Elisabet Ney Museum. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Campbell, George Douglas, Duke of Argyll; Campbell, Ina Erskine McNeill, Duchess of Argyll (2010) [1906]. Autobiography and Memoirs, Volume 1. Nabu Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-149-14037-6. 
  5. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Andover to Armagh South
  6. ^ "Appointments, Preferments and Promotions". The Gentleman's magazine 222: 373. 1867. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23222. p. 951. 22 February 1867.
  8. ^ Pryde, E.B.; Greenway, D E; Porter, S; Roy, I (1996). Handbook of British Chronology. Cambridge University Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-521-56350-5. 
  9. ^ Sheets, John W. "The Americans, The Earl of Selkirk and Colonsay's 1806 Emigrants to Prince Edward Island". The Island Register. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Cameron Campbell
Member of Parliament for Argyllshire
1843–1851
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Islay Campbell, Bt.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Andrew Skene
Solicitor General for Scotland
1834–1835
Succeeded by
John Cunninghame
Preceded by
Thomas Maitland
Solicitor General for Scotland
1841–1842
Succeeded by
Adam Anderson
Preceded by
Sir William Rae, Bt
Lord Advocate
1842–1846
Succeeded by
Andrew Rutherfurd
Preceded by
Lord Boyle
Lord Justice General
1852–1867
Succeeded by
Lord Glencorse
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Colonsay
1867–1874
Extinct