Henry Keith, Baron Keith of Kinkel

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The Lord Keith of Kinkel

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Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
10 January 1977 – 30 September 1996
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byThe Lord Kilbrandon
Succeeded byThe Lord Hope of Craighead
Personal details
Henry Shanks Keith

(1920-02-07)7 February 1920
Died21 June 2002(2002-06-21) (aged 82)

Henry Shanks Keith, Baron Keith of Kinkel GBE PC (7 February 1920 – 21 June 2002) was a Scottish judge.

The son of James Keith, Baron Keith of Avonholm, Harry Keith was educated in the Edinburgh Academy, at the Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Master of Arts and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law. In the Second World War, he commanded the Scots Guards and was mentioned in despatches, reaching the rank of Captain. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1950, and was made a Queen's Counsel in 1962. In 1951, he had been called to the English Bar from Gray's Inn, where he became a Bencher in 1976.

He appointed as Sheriff of Roxburgh, Berwick and Selkirk in 1970, succeeding David Brand.[1] He was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice with the judicial title Lord Keith in 1971.

On 10 January 1977, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was made additionally a life peer with the title Baron Keith of Kinkel, of Strathummel in the District of Perth and Kinross, following in the footsteps of his father, Lord Keith of Avonholm. One year before he had been invested to the Privy Council. In 1996, he retired as Lord of Appeal and in 1997, he was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire. It was humorously said within legal circles that wherever there was a negligence case, Lord Keith would always say 'no' to damages.

In 1955 he married Alison Brown, now Lady Keith of Kinkel; they had four sons and a daughter, Deborah. The family lived at Loch Tummel, near Pitlochry, Perthshire.

Lord Keith died in 2002.


  1. ^ "No. 18900". The Edinburgh Gazette. 24 July 1970. p. 635.