Ian Shearer, Lord Avonside

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Ian Hamilton Shearer PC QC (6 November 1914 – 22 February 1996) was a Scottish lawyer and judge.

Educated at Dunfermline High School, the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh University, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1938. He served in the Royal Artillery in World War II. He was standing counsel to Customs and Excise, the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Labour 1947–49, and to the Inland Revenue 1949–51. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1952.[1]

He was Sheriff of Renfrew and Argyll 1960–62,[2] and Lord Advocate from October 1962[3] to 1964. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1962. On leaving office, he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 1964,[4] Taking the judicial title Lord Avonside', he filled the vacancy caused by the resignation of Lord Mackintosh, and held the office until 1984.

He was also a Member of the Lands Valuation Court from 1964 (Chairman from 1975–84), Chairman of the National Health Service Tribunal, Scotland 1954–62, a Member of the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals 1958–62, Chairman of the Scottish Valuation Advisory Council 1965–68, and a Member of the Scottish Universities Committee of the Privy Council from 1971. He was President of the Stair Society 1975–87.


  1. ^ Lord Emslie (11 March 1996). "Obituary: Lord Avonside". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 17864". The Edinburgh Gazette. 11 October 1960. p. 615. 
  3. ^ "No. 18079". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 October 1962. p. 637. 
  4. ^ "No. 18285". The Edinburgh Gazette. 29 September 1964. p. 617. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Grant
Lord Advocate
Succeeded by
Gordon Stott