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The Honourable
Lord Kinclaven
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Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
Nominated by Jack McConnell
As First Minister
Monarch Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born Alexander Featherstonhaugh Wylie
(1951-06-02) 2 June 1951 (age 66)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Profession Advocate

Alexander Featherstonhaugh Wylie, Lord Kinclaven, OBE (/ˈfænʃɔː, ˈwli, ˌkɪnˈklævən/; born 2 June 1951[1]) is a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland.

Early life[edit]

Wylie was educated at Perth Academy, Aberdeen Grammar School and the independent Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow,[2] studied at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a solicitor in 1976. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1978.[3][4]

Legal career[edit]

Wylie served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Accountant of Court from 1986 to 1989, and as an Advocate Depute from 1989 to 1992. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1990 at Lincoln's Inn, and took silk in Scotland in 1991. He was appointed a part-time Sheriff and a member of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting in 2000, part-time Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal in 2001, and a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission in 2004, remaining in all these positions until his appointment to the Bench in 2005.[3][4]

Wylie was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, with the judicial title, Lord Kinclaven. Kinclaven is a civil parish in Perthshire.[3][4]

Lord Kinclaven was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the introduction of the Scottish legal system in schools (pertaining to the mini trials competition for senior pupils).[5][6]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2014. Lord Kinclaven, a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 60 
  2. ^ Hutcheon, Paul (12 October 2008). "Male, white, middle-class, privately-educated, Edinburgh resident,". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biographies - The Hon Lord Kinclaven". Scottish Court Service. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Appointment of new judges". Scottish Executive. 2 February 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N15. 
  6. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017". HM Government, Cabinet Office. Retrieved 30 December 2016.