Ilay Campbell

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The Much Honoured
Lord Succoth
Portrait of Sir Ilay Campbell.jpg
Portrait by David Martin
Lord President of the Court of Session
Lord Justice General
In office
1789–1808
Appointed by George III
Preceded by Lord Glenlee
Succeeded by Robert Blair
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Burghs
In office
1784–1790
Preceded by John Crauford
Succeeded by John Crauford
Lord Advocate
In office
1784–1790
Preceded by The Hon Henry Erskine
Succeeded by Robert Dundas
Solicitor General for Scotland
In office
1783–1784
Preceded by Alexander Murray
Succeeded by Robert Blair
Personal details
Born 1734
Died 1823 (aged 89)
Political party Pittite
Profession Advocate, Judge, Politician

Sir Ilay Campbell, Lord Succoth LLD FRSE (1734–1823) was a Scottish advocate, judge and politician.

Life[edit]

His birthplace is given as either Argyll or Edinburgh. His father was Archibald Campbell of Succoth, Principal Clerk of Session to the Scottish Courts. His mother was Helen Wallace. [1]

He attended Mundell's School in Edinburgh[2] and then Glasgow University to study Law and graduated in 1751.

An advocate from 1757, he was engaged in the Douglas peerage case from 1764 to 1769. He was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in 1783 and Lord Advocate in 1784. He became Member of Parliament for Glasgow Burghs in the same year. He was Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General from 1789 to 1808, where he sat as Lord Succoth.

On his resignation in 1808, he was created a baronet, and resided at Garscube[1], about four miles from Glasgow on the banks of the river Kelvin. There he engaged in the management of his estate, and the performance of his duties as a country gentleman. Lord Cockburn says of him that "he lived like a patriarch in a house overflowing with company, beloved by troops of relations, and courted for his character and hospitality by many friends."

He was awarded an honorary doctorate (LLD) from Glasgow University in 1784. He was elected Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow in 1799.

He died in 1823 aged eighty-nine years.

Sir Ilay was succeeded by his son Archibald, also a Senator of the College of Justice under the same title of Lord Succoth.

Family[edit]

Ilay married Susan Mary Murray of Murrayfield, sister of Alexander Murray, Lord Henderland[3] in 1766. She lived until 1815.

Positions of Note[edit]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Crauford
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Burghs
1784–1790
Succeeded by
John Crauford
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander Murray
Solicitor General for Scotland
1783-1784
Succeeded by
Robert Blair
Preceded by
The Hon Henry Erskine
Lord Advocate
1784-1789
Succeeded by
Robert Dundas
Preceded by
Lord Glenlee
Lord Justice General
1789-1808
Succeeded by
Robert Blair
Academic offices
Preceded by
George Oswald of Auchencruive
Rector of the University of Glasgow
1779—1801
Succeeded by
Lord Craig
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Campbell baronets
(of Succoth)
1808–1823
Succeeded by
Archibald Campbell