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James Scott Reid


(Lord Reid of Drem)

1890 - 1975

Jurist and politician. Born in Drem (East Lothian), Reid was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. Called to the Bar in 1914, he served with the Royal Scots during World War I. He was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Stirling and Falkirk (1931-35) and for Glasgow Hillhead (1937-48). Reid served as Solicitor General for Scotland (1936-41) and Lord Advocate (1941-45). Thereafter he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1948-75), gaining great respect from his colleagues, and served as Chairman of the Malayan Constitutional Commission (1956-57).

Appointed a King's Counsel in 1932, he was raised to the peerage as Lord Reid of Drem in 1948 and appointed a Companion of Honour in 1967.


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