Craigie Aitchison, Lord Aitchison

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Craigie Mason Aitchison KC (26 January 1882 – 2 May 1941) was a Scottish politician and judge.

Educated at Falkirk High School and Edinburgh University, where he was the Vans Dunlop Scholar in Mental Philosophy and Muirhead Prizeman in Civil Law, he became an advocate in 1907 and was made a King's Counsel in 1923.

An unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire in November 1922 and December 1923, he joined the Labour Party and contested The Hartlepools at the October 1924 general election and Glasgow Central in May 1929. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) Kilmarnock at a by-election in October 1929, and sat for the constituency until October 1933 as a Labour then National Labour member.

He served as Lord Advocate from June 1929 until October 1933, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1929. He was raised to the bench as Lord Justice Clerk in October 1933, with the judicial title Lord Aitchison, at which point he automatically resigned his seat in the House of Commons, which resulted in a by-election.

His son Craigie (1926-2009) was a noted painter and a member of the Royal Academy.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Climie
Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock
Succeeded by
Kenneth Martin Lindsay
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander Munro MacRobert
Lord Advocate
Succeeded by
Wilfrid Guild Normand
Preceded by
Lord Alness
Lord Justice Clerk
Succeeded by
Lord Cooper