Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde

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Alexander Ure

Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde GBE 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]

Alexander Ure's integrity is widely open to question: he misled the Court in the trial of Oscar Slater for the murder of Marion Gilchrist in 1909 (Slater was convicted but subsequently pardoned on appeal and freed); it could be alleged he conspired with the police, Fiscal and Crown Office to prevent two brothers being prosecuted for the murder. He also claimed Balfour's Conservative Party would abolish the old pension.

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 lived in a huge Georgian townhouse, 31 Heriot Row, in Edinburgh's Second New Town.[5]

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. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/the-land-song/ GOD GAVE THE LAND TO THE PEOPLE: THE LIBERAL ‘LAND SONG’
  2. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 10915. p. 849. 3 September 1897. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 11787. p. 1313. 19 December 1905. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 12118. p. 173. 19 February 1909. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1905-6

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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