Hugh Matthews, Lord Matthews

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The Honourable
Lord Matthews
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (Scotland).svg
Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
Nominated by Alex Salmond
As First Minister
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Preceded by Lord Dawson
Personal details
Born Hugh Matthews
(1953-12-04) 4 December 1953 (age 63)
Residence Kilmarnock
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Profession Advocate

Hugh Matthews, Lord Matthews is a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Scotland's Supreme Courts.

Early life[edit]

Matthews was educated at St Columba's Primary School and St Joseph's Academy, both Roman Catholic state schools in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.[1] He studied at the School of Law of the University of Glasgow (LL.B. Hons.), and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979.[2][3]

Legal career[edit]

Matthews served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Employment from 1984 to 1988, and as an Advocate Depute from 1988 to 1993, having been appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992. He was appointed a Temporary Sheriff in 1993, and in 1997 became a full-time Sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. In 2004, whilst still serving as a Sheriff, he was appointed a Temporary High Court Judge, and in 2007 was raised fully to the Bench of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, as Lord Matthews.

He sits in the High Court of Justiciary and the Outer House of the Court of Session.[2][3] In 2014 he was the judge in the second trial in the World's End murders case in which he is famous for handing the longest punishment part in Scottish history to Angus Sinclair.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Matthews married Lindsay Wilson in 2000. His interests include ancient history, golf, football, animal husbandry, astronomy and the theatre. He is a member of Pollock Golf Club.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hutcheon, Paul (12 October 2008). "Male, white, middle-class, privately-educated, Edinburgh resident,". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Biographies - The Hon Lord Matthews". Scottish Court Service. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "New judge appointed". Scottish Executive. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2009.