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The Honourable
 Lord Emslie

Assumed office 
Monarch Elizabeth
Nominated by Henry McLeish
As First Minister

Born 17 April 1947 (1947-04-17) (age 62)
Birth name George Nigel Hannington Emslie
Relations George Emslie, Baron Emslie (father); Derek Emslie, Lord Kingarth (brother)
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; University of Edinburgh
Profession Advocate

George Nigel Hannington Emslie, Lord Emslie QC (born 17 April 1947) is a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland. He is the son of former Lord President George Emslie, Baron Emslie, and older brother of fellow judge Derek Emslie, Lord Kingarth.


Early life

Emslie was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Trinity College, Glenalmond, before studying at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (BA) and the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh (LLB). He was admitted to Faculty of Advocates in 1972, becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1986.[1]

Legal Career

Emslie served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Forestry Commission and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1981 to 1982, and to the Inland Revenue from 1982 to 1986. In 1988, he became part-time Chairman of the Medical Appeal Tribunals, serving until 1997, when he became Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, a position his father had held from 1965-1970. He was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, Scotland's supreme courts, in 2001.[1]

Personal life

Lord Emslie married Heather Ann Davis in 1973; the couple have a son and two daughters. He is a member of the Hawks' Club of the University of Cambridge, and the New Club in Edinburgh.




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