Charles John Guthrie, Lord Guthrie

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Guthrie's house at 13 Royal Circus, Edinburgh

Charles John Guthrie, Lord Guthrie FRSE FRSGS LLD (4 April 1849 in Edinburgh – 28 April 1920 in Edinburgh) was a Scottish judge and lawyer. From 1900 to 1907 he served as Sheriff of Ross and Cromarty.

Life[edit]

Guthrie was the son of Rev Thomas Guthrie, a major figure in Scottish church history.

He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University, and in 1875, was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. From 1881 to 1900, he was legal adviser to the Church of Scotland, and in 1897, became a Q.C..[1] In 1907, he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice. Lord Guthrie was a member of the Royal Commissions on Historical Monuments in Scotland (1908) and on Divorce and Matrimonial Causes (1909), and was Chairman of the Houseletting Commission (1906–07). In 1909 he conducted the trial of Oscar Slater.

When he was young, Guthrie had been a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, and published, in 1914, an appreciation of "Cummy," Stevenson's nurse. His other works include John Knox and his House (1898), and an edition of Knox's History of the Reformation in Scotland (1898), besides contributions to the memoir of his father, Thomas Guthrie (1875). From 1910 to 1919, he was President of the Boys' Brigade of Great Britain and Ireland, and was a member of various antiquarian societies.

The grave of Charles John Guthrie, Dean Cemetery

In 1916 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were John Horne, Sir William Turner, Sir John Macdonald, Lord Kingsburgh, and John George Bartholomew.[2]

Lord Guthrie died at his home, 13 Royal Circus[3] in Edinburgh 28 April 1920. He is buried in the north-west corner of the north section of Dean Cemetery.

Family[edit]

In 1876 Guthrie married Anne Jemima Burns (1845-1927), the daughter of Rev. J.C. Burns, D.D., of Kirkliston, and there were two sons and three daughters to the marriage.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 10915". The Edinburgh Gazette. 3 September 1897. p. 849. 
  2. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 
  3. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1911-12
  4. ^ "Death of Lord Guthrie Scottish Judge And Friend of R. L. Stevenson.". Issue 42397. London: The Times. 29 April 1920. p. 18; col F. 

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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