Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Strathclyde
GBE PC QC
1895 Alexander Ure.jpg
Alexander Ure c.1895
Solicitor General for Scotland
In office
1905–1909
Monarch Edward VII
Preceded by James Avon Clyde
Succeeded by Arthur Dewar
Personal details
Born 22 February 1853
Died 2 October 1928 (aged 75)
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Alexander Ure c.1905
Ure's Georgian townhouse at 31 Heriot Row, Edinburgh

Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde GBE PC QC (22 February 1853 – 2 October 1928) was a Scottish politician, judge, and georgist land value tax activist.[1]

Educated at the University of Glasgow he was admitted to membership of the Faculty of Advocates in 1878.

He was Liberal Member of Parliament for Linlithgowshire from 1895 to 1913. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1897.[2]

He served as Solicitor General for Scotland from December 1905[3] to 1909, and as Lord Advocate from February 1909[4] to 1913. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Lloyd George's 1909–10 budget. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1909.[5] In 1909, he conducted the prosecution of Oscar Slater for murder; the conviction was later quashed on appeal.

He lived at 31 Heriot Row, a large Georgian townhouse, in Edinburgh's Second New Town.[6]

On leaving Parliament he was raised to the bench as Lord Strathclyde and appointed Lord Justice General, a post he held until 1920. He was raised to the Peerage as Baron Strathclyde, of Sandyford in the County of Lanark, in 1914. In 1917, he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire as a Knight Grand Cross.[7] He is said to have been skilled in cross-examination, and was more suited to life as an advocate than as a judge.

The peerage became extinct on his death.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1853–1895: Mr Alexander Ure
  • 1895–1897: Mr Alexander Ure MP
  • 1897–1909: Mr Alexander Ure QC MP
  • 1909–1913: The Right Honourable Alexander Ure QC MP
  • 1913–1914: The Right Honourable Alexander Ure QC
  • 1914–1917: The Right Honourable The Lord Strathclyde PC QC
  • 1917–1928: The Right Honourable The Lord Strathclyde GBE PC QC

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/the-land-song/ GOD GAVE THE LAND TO THE PEOPLE: THE LIBERAL ‘LAND SONG’
  2. ^ "No. 10915". The Edinburgh Gazette. 3 September 1897. p. 849. 
  3. ^ "No. 11787". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 December 1905. p. 1313. 
  4. ^ "No. 12118". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 February 1909. p. 173. 
  5. ^ "Page 47077". The Peerage. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1905-6
  7. ^ "Page 47077". The Peerage. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Hope
Member of Parliament for Linlithgowshire
18951913
Succeeded by
John Pratt
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Avon Clyde
Solicitor General for Scotland
1905–1909
Succeeded by
Arthur Dewar
Preceded by
Thomas Shaw
Lord Advocate
1909–1913
Succeeded by
Robert Munro
Preceded by
The Lord Dunedin
Lord Justice General
1913–1920
Succeeded by
James Avon Clyde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Strathclyde
1st creation
1914–1928
Extinct