William Hunter, Lord Hunter

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Not to be confused with William Wilson Hunter.

William Hunter, Lord Hunter KC DL (9 October 1865 – 10 April 1957) was a Scottish advocate, judge and Liberal Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Hunter was born on 9 October 1865, the son of David Hunter, a ship-owner from Ayr.[1] He was educated at Ayr Academy and at Edinburgh University, where he graduated with an MA in 1886 and an LLB in 1889.[1]


He was admitted as an advocate in 1889.[1] He was appointed a King's Counsel in 1905.[2]

He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Govan Division of Lanarkshire from 1910 to 1911 and was Solicitor General for Scotland also from April 1910[3] to 1911.[1] He was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in December 1911,[4] replacing the deceased Lord Ardwall. He took the judicial title Lord Hunter, and sat on the bench until 1936.

He also chaired the Committee of Inquiry into the Amritsar massacre which condemned the conduct of General Reginald Dyer.


  1. ^ a b c d Hesilridge, Arthur G. M. (ed.). Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 353. Retrieved 11 January 2011 – via archive.org. 
  2. ^ "no. 11778". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 November 1905. p. 1117. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "no. 12242". The Edinburgh Gazette. 26 April 1910. p. 444. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "no. 12414". The Edinburgh Gazette. 8 December 1911. p. 1293. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 

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