Craigie Aitchison, Lord Aitchison
Educated at Falkirk High School and at Edinburgh University, where he was the Vans Dunlop Scholar in Mental Philosophy and Muirhead Prizeman in Civil Law. He graduated from Edinburgh with an MA in 1903 and an LLB in 1907.
Aitchinson became an advocate in 1907. He was particularly effective as a defence counsel in criminal cases, and was regarded as the best advocate before a jury since Sheriff Comrie Thomson. He was noted for the Bickerstaff and John Donald Merritt cases.
He was made a King's Counsel in 1923. He worked with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and others to secure the release of Oscar Slater, the victim one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice of the early twentieth century. Aitchison who was leading Counsel at the appeal in 1929 gave a 14-hour speech.
Politics and law officer
An unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire in November 1922 and December 1923, he joined the Labour Party and contested The Hartlepools at the October 1924 general election and Glasgow Central in May 1929 — where he reduced a Unionist majority of nearly 6,000 to only 627.
He was appointed as Lord Advocate in June 1929 serving in the Second Labour Government alongside Sir William Jowitt, the new Attorney General for England and Wales whose defeat at The Hartlepools in 1924 was attributed to Aitchnison's drawing votes to the Liberals.
He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1929, and served as Lord Advocate until October 1933. He was then raised to the bench as Lord Justice Clerk, with the judicial title Lord Aitchison, at which point he automatically resigned his seat in the House of Commons, which resulted in a by-election.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- "Scottish Legal Officers". Aberdeen Journal. 18 June 1929. p. 7. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (. ))
- "No. 32815". The London Gazette. 17 April 1923. p. 2811.
- Baston, K 2012, 'Oscar Slater: Presumed Guilty' Signet Magazine: The Magazine of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, no. 2, pp. 13–14.
- Craig, p. 647
- Craig, p. 143
- Craig, p. 588
- Craig, p. 616
- "No. 33508". The London Gazette. 21 June 1929. p. 4119.
- "No. 33514". The London Gazette. 5 July 1929. p. 4433.
- "No. 15005". The Edinburgh Gazette. 3 October 1933. p. 809.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Craigie Aitchison
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