Thomas Cooper, 1st Baron Cooper of Culross

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Thomas Mackay Cooper, 1st Baron Cooper of Culross PC, KC (24 September 1892 – 15 July 1955) was a Scottish politician, judge and historian.

Background and education[edit]

Cooper was the son of John Cooper, of Edinburgh, a civil engineer, and Margaret, daughter of John Mackay, of Dunnet, Caithness. He was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh.[1]

Political, legal and judicial career[edit]

Cooper was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1915 and created a King's Counsel in 1927.[2] He was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh West from a by-election in 1935 to 1941.[1][3] In 1935 he was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland[4] and later that year he was appointed as Lord Advocate.[5] He also became a Privy Counsellor in 1935.[6] In 1941 he became Lord Justice Clerk with the judicial title of Lord Cooper[7] and in 1947 Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session.[1] He resigned in 1954 and was created a peer as Baron Cooper of Culross, of Dunnet in the County of Caithness.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Cooper of Culross died in July 1955, aged 62, when the barony became extinct.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Wilfrid Normand
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West
Succeeded by
Sir Ian Clark Hutchison
Legal offices
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Douglas Jamieson
Solicitor General for Scotland
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Albert Russell
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Douglas Jamieson
Lord Advocate
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James Reid
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Lord Aitchison
Lord Justice Clerk
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Lord Thomson
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Lord Normand
Lord Justice General
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Lord Clyde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Cooper of Culross