Samuel Porter, Baron Porter

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For the Northern Irish judge and politician, see Samuel Clarke Porter.

Samuel Lowry Porter, Baron Porter GBE PC QC (7 February 1877 – 13 February 1956) was a British judge.

Early life[edit]

Born in Leeds, Porter was educated at the Perse School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

World War I[edit]

Porter served in World War I, gaining the rank of captain and was appointed MBE.

Legal career[edit]

He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1905. He was appointed King's Counsel in 1925.[1][2]

Judicial career[edit]

Porter was appointed to be a recorder of Newcastle-under-Lyme on 18 December 1928[3] until 1932, and of Walsall in 29 January 1932[4] until 1934. On 7 November that year, he was appointed to the High Court[5] and was assigned to the King's Bench Division, receiving the customary knighthood on 24 November.[6]

Lord of Appeal in Ordinary[edit]

On 28 March 1938, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (without having previously served as a Lord Justice of Appeal) and created a life peer with the title Baron Porter, of Longfield in County Tyrone.[7] On 1 April, he was sworn of the Privy Council.[8] In 1939, he was appointed to chair the Lord Chancellor's committee on defamation law. The committee's work was delayed as a result of World War II, not producing its report until 1948. The report's conclusions were implemented by the Defamation Act 1952.[2]

Porter sat on the appeal of William Joyce, commonly known as "Lord Haw-Haw", who had been convicted of treason for his war-time propaganda broadcasts from Nazi Germany.[9] Porter resigned as Lord of Appeal in 1954, having been appointed to the Order of the British Empire as a Knight Grand Cross (GBE) in the 1951 New Year Honours.[10]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1877–1925: Mr Samuel Porter
  • 1925–1934: Mr Samuel Porter KC
  • 1934–1938: Sir Samuel Porter KC
  • 1938: The Rt Hon. The Lord Porter KC
  • 1938–1951: The Rt Hon. The Lord Porter PC KC
  • 1951–1952: The Rt Hon. The Lord Porter GBE PC KC
  • 1952–1956: The Rt Hon. The Lord Porter GBE PC QC


  1. ^ "no. 33029". The London Gazette. 13 March 1925. p. 1773. 
  2. ^ a b "Death of Lord Porter - Distinguished Judge", The Glasgow Herald, 14 February 1956, p. 8.
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 33449". The London Gazette. 21 December 1928. p. 8399. 
  4. ^ "no. 33795". The London Gazette. 2 February 1932. p. 704. 
  5. ^ "no. 34103". The London Gazette. 9 November 1934. p. 7154. 
  6. ^ "no. 34108". The London Gazette. 27 November 1934. p. 7610. 
  7. ^ "no. 34497". The London Gazette. 29 March 1938. p. 2083. 
  8. ^ "no. 34499". The London Gazette. 5 April 1938. p. 2239. 
  9. ^ (1946) A.C. 347
  10. ^ "(Supplement) no. 39104". The London Gazette. 1 January 1951. p. 10.