Donald Ross, Lord Ross

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Donald MacArthur Ross, Lord Ross, PC, FRSE (born 29 March 1927) is a former Lord Justice Clerk[1] - the second most senior judge in Scotland.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Dundee and educated at the High School of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh. Lord Ross is married with two daughters and six grandchildren.


He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates and became a Queen's Counsel in 1964. He has been Sheriff of Ayr and Bute (1972 to 1973)[2], Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (1973 to 1976)[3], and a Senator of the College of Justice. He served as Lord Justice Clerk[4] from 1985 until 1997.

Ross also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1988 [5]

In 1990 and 1991 he was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He is an elder at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.

In 1997-2001 was Chairman of the Judicial Studies Committee for Scotland. He became a Privy Counsellor in 1985 and was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1988, where he was Vice-President from 1999 until 2002. He is currently the Honorary President of The Dundee High School Old Boys' Club.


  1. ^ Robertson, Lynne (13 February 1997). "Lord Ross warns that judges should stay out of politics Unease over crime speech". The Herald. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "SHERIFFS (SCOTLAND)". UK Parliament. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  3. ^ 'ROSS, Rt Hon. Lord', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 18 Oct 2017
  4. ^ "Hep' C victims 'should get cash'". BBC News. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh: Honorary Graduates". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lord Wheatley
Lord Justice Clerk
Succeeded by
Lord Cullen