Edward Maitland, Lord Barcaple

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Ainslie Place in Edinburgh
Lord Barcaple's grave, Dean Cemetery

Sir Edward Francis Maitland, Lord Barcaple FRSE LLD (1803–1870) was a Scottish advocate and judge.


He was born in Edinburgh on 16 April 1803, the son of Adam Maitland of Dundrennan. He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh then studied Law at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in Law.[1]

The brother of Thomas Maitland, Lord Dundrennan, he became an advocate in 1831, and served in government as Solicitor General for Scotland from 1855–1858 and from 1859–1862. He was appointed a Lord of Session, with the judicial title Lord Barcaple, in 1862. In the same year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh his proposer being James Thomson Gibson-Craig.[2]

He served as sheriff of Argyllshire 9 July 1851, and as solicitor-general for Scotland under Lord Palmerston from 14 February 1855 to 17 March 1858, and from 27 June 1859 to 10 November 1862.

As a lord of the court of session, with the title of Lord Barcaple, he sat on the bench from 10 November 1862 till his death. He was curator and assessor of the University of Edinburgh in 1859, and rector of the University of Aberdeen in 1860. Edinburgh University awarded him an honorary doctorate (LLD) in his later life.

He died at 3 Ainslie Place, on the prestigious Moray Estate in west Edinburgh, on 23 February 1870. He is buried on the north wall of Dean Cemetery adjacent to the central gap leading to the north extension.


In 1840, he married Emily Roberts (d.1854) a daughter of William Roberts, a Glasgow banker.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Mackenzie
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
Charles Baillie
Preceded by
George Patton
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
George Young
Academic offices
Preceded by
New university
Rector of the University of Aberdeen
Succeeded by
Earl Russell