George Deas, Lord Deas
Sir George Deas, Lord Deas (1804–1887) was a Scottish judge.
Deas, son of Francis Deas of Falkland, Fife, was born in 1804. Sir David Deas, naval medical officer, was his brother. He acquired the rudiments of knowledge in various schools in Falkland, Milnathort in Kinross, and Perth, and in 1817 entered a writer's office in Perth. Having spent some time there, and also in the office of a writer in Cupar, he came to Edinburgh, where he pursued his legal studies, and also attended various classes at the university, obtaining prizes in logic, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and law.
He was called to the Scottish bar in 1828, where he soon acquired considerable practice. In 1833, "George Deas, advocate", is listed as living at 33 Scotland Street in Edinburgh's Second New Town (a ground floor and basement within a high quality tenement).
In 1840 he received the appointment of advocate depute, an office to which he was reappointed in 1846, and which he held until 1850. He was sheriff of Ross and Cromarty 1850–1, Solicitor General for Scotland from 1851–2, and was created a permanent lord ordinary of the court of session, with the judicial title of Lord Deas, and a judge of exchequer in May 1853, and a Lord Commissioner of Justiciary in April 1854. He was knighted in 1858.
As an advocate he was distinguished rather by strong logical faculty than by eloquence. He proved himself an acute and painstaking judge; and though he was seldom deterred from making a caustic remark by the fear of giving pain, his disposition is said to have been really kindly. He spoke with a broad Scotch accent.
Deas married, first, in 1838, Margaret, only daughter of Sylvester Reid, and secondly, in 1857, the widow of Sir Benjamin Fonseca Outram, C.B., M.D.
He died on 7 February 1887 at his residence, 32 Heriot Row, Edinburgh.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Deas, George". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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