Charles Dickson, Lord Dickson

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Scott Dickson had an impressive Georgian townhouse at 22 Moray Place in Edinburgh
Grave of Charles Scott Dickson, Lord Dickson, Dean Cemetery

Charles Scott Dickson FRSE LLD (13 September 1850, Glasgow – 5 August 1922[1]) was a Scottish Unionist politician and judge.


Charles was born in Glasgow the son of Dr John Robert Dickson. His elder brother was James Douglas Hamilton Dickson.[2]

Educated at the High School of Glasgow, the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh he was admitted to the bar as an advocate in 1877. He rose to be Solicitor General for Scotland from 14 May 1896[3] to 1903 and as Lord Advocate from 1903[4] to 1905. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1903.[5] On 1 July 1915[6] he was raised to the bench as Lord Justice Clerk, taking the judicial title Lord Dickson. He was also a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant[7] for Edinburgh.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1884. His proposers were Sir James Dewar, John Chiene, Alexander Crum Brown, and Peter Guthrie Tait.[8]

In later life he lived at 22 Moray Place a huge Georgian townhouse on the Moray Estate in Edinburgh's affluent West End.[9]

He is buried in the 20th century extension to Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh with his wife Hester Bagot Banks(d.1934). The monument stands against the north wall.

He was related through marriage to Sir James Dewar (their wives were sisters).[10]


  1. ^ "Former RSE Fellows 1783-2002" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
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  3. ^ Edinburgh Gazette Issue 10779 published on 15 May 1896
  4. ^ Edinburgh Gazette, 20 October 1903
  5. ^ London Gazette, 20 October 1903
  6. ^ [ Edinburgh Gazette Issue 12825 published on 2 July 2011]
  7. ^ London Gazette, 18 November 1898
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  9. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office directory 1905-6
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