James Robertson, Baron Robertson

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James Patrick Bannerman Robertson, Baron Robertson (19 August 1845 – 1909), was a Scottish judge and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 until 1891 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Robertson.

Life[edit]

Robertson was the son of the Rev. R. J. Robertson, of Forteviot, Perthshire and his wife Helen Bannerman, daughter of Rev. J. Bannerman of Cargill, Perthshire. He studied at Edinburgh University (MA 1864, hon LLD 1890), and passed to the Scottish bar in 1867. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1885. [1]

Robertson stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Linlithgowshire in 1880. At the 1885 general election he was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Buteshire and held the seat until 1891. He was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in 1885 and again in 1886 and was appointed Lord Advocate in 1888 and was made a Privy Counsellor in the same year. He carried the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889.[1]

Robertson gave up his seat when he was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session in 1891, and was appointed a Law lord and Life peer as Baron Robertson, of Forteviot in the County of Perthshire. He was Rector of Edinburgh University in 1893 and was also Chairman of the Irish University Commission. In 1899, he was a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.[1]

In later life he retired to live in Muchalls Castle in Aberdeenshire and died at the age of 74.[1]

Family[edit]

Robertson married Philadelphia Mary Lucy Fraser, daughter of W. N. Fraser of Tornaveen, Aberdeenshire in 1872. They had two sons, and one daughter.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Dalrymple
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
18851891
Succeeded by
Andrew Murray
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander Asher
Solicitor General for Scotland
1885-1886
Succeeded by
Alexander Asher
Preceded by
Alexander Asher
Solicitor General for Scotland
1886-1888
Succeeded by
Moir Tod Stormonth Darling
Preceded by
John Macdonald
Lord Advocate
1888-1891
Succeeded by
Charles John Pearson
Preceded by
Lord Glencorse
Lord Justice General
1891-1899
Succeeded by
Lord Balfour
Academic offices
Preceded by
George Goschen
Rector of the University of Edinburgh
1893–1896
Succeeded by
Lord Balfour of Burleigh