Daniel Blades, Lord Blades

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Daniel Patterson Blades FRSE LLB (25 August 1888 – 6 February 1959) was a Scottish judge.


The son of Rev. Charles Blades, Minister of Allanton, and Sarah Pow of Armadale, he was educated at Berwickshire High School and at Edinburgh University.

He was admitted as an advocate in 1915, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant[1] in the Cameron Highlanders from 1915–1918. He served as an Advocate Depute from 1929–1932, when he was appointed a King's Counsel[2] and Sheriff of Forfar.[3] In 1934 he moved to be Sheriff of Perth and Angus, a post he held until 1945.

He was Deputy Chairman of the Fishery Board for Scotland from 1938 to 1941.[4]

In September 1945 he was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland.[5] In 1947 he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice,[6] with the judicial title Lord Blades.


In 1918 he married Gertrude Thonson Legge.[7]


Legal offices
Preceded by
David King Murray
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
John Thomas Wheatley