William Rankine Milligan, Lord Milligan

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William Rankine Milligan, Lord Milligan, PC, KC (12 December 1898 – 28 July 1975) was a Scottish judge and Unionist politician. He served as Solicitor General for Scotland and Lord Advocate.

Early life[edit]

Milligan was educated at Sherborne School, University College, Oxford, and the University of Glasgow. At Oxford, he was elected President of Vincent's Club in 1923.

In the First World War, Milligan served with the Highland Light Infantry from 1917 to 1919.

Legal career[edit]

Milligan was admitted as an advocate in 1925, and appointed a King's Counsel in 1945. He was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland from 1951 to 1954,[1] and Lord Advocate from 1955[2] to 1960, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1955. He was appointed to the College of Justice in 1960, with the judicial title Lord Milligan. He retired in 1973.


Milligan was an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate at Glasgow St Rollox in 1945[3] and again at Central Ayrshire in 1950 and 1951, and was elected for Edinburgh North in a 1955 by-election,[4] where he served until 1960.


Milligan was a member of the Royal Company of Archers.


  1. ^ "no. 16906". The Edinburgh Gazette. 9 November 1951. p. 565. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "no. 17250". The Edinburgh Gazette. 11 January 1955. p. 13. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 596. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  4. ^ "no. 40397". The London Gazette. 1 February 1955. p. 647. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Latham Clyde
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North
Succeeded by
Earl of Dalkeith
Legal offices
Preceded by
Douglas Johnston
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
William Grant
Preceded by
James Latham McDiarmid Clyde
Lord Advocate
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William Grant