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.

Career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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. ^ webperson@hw.ac.uk. "Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh: Honorary Graduates". www1.hw.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lord Wheatley
Lord Justice Clerk
1985–1997
Succeeded by
Lord Cullen