Alexander Shand, 1st Baron Shand

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Shand caricatured by Spy in Vanity Fair, 1903

Alexander Burns Shand, 1st Baron Shand PC (13 December 1828 – 6 March 1904), was a Scottish advocate and judge. He was a Lord of Session between 1872 and 1890 and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary between 1892 and his death in 1904.

Background and education[edit]

Shand was the son of Alexander Shand, of Aberdeen, and Louisa (née Whyte). His Lordship studied law at the University of Edinburgh.[1]

Legal and judicial career[edit]

Shand was called to the Scottish Bar in 1853 and was an Advocate Depute at the High Court of Justiciary between 1860 and 1862.[1] In 1872 he was appointed a Lord of Session under the judicial title Lord Shand,[2] a post he held until 1890, when he was sworn of the Privy Council.[3] Two years later he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary[1] and raised to the peerage as Baron Shand, of Woodhouse in the County of Dumfries.[4] He also sat on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Apart from his legal and judicial career Shand also held the honorary positions of Sheriff of Kincardineshire in 1862 and Sheriff of Haddingtonshire and Berwickshire in 1869.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Shand married Emily Merelina, daughter of John Clark Meymott, in 1857. There were no children from the marriage. He died in March 1904, aged 75, when the barony became extinct.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alexander Burns Shand, 1st and last Baron Shand
  2. ^ "No. 23927". The London Gazette. 10 December 1872. p. 6252. 
  3. ^ "No. 26101". The London Gazette. 28 October 1890. p. 5661. 
  4. ^ "No. 26320". The London Gazette. 26 August 1892. p. 4889. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Shand