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The Right Honourable
 The Lady Clark of Calton

Assumed office 
Preceded by Lady Cosgrove

In office
1999 – 2006
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Lord Davidson of Glen Clova

Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh Pentlands
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Malcolm Rifkind
Succeeded by constituency abolished

Born 26 February 1949 (1949-02-26) (age 60)
Birth name Lynda Margaret Clark
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of St Andrews,
University of Edinburgh

Lynda Margaret Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton, QC (born 26 February 1949) is a Scottish judge. She was formerly the Labour Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands. She was Advocate General for Scotland from the creation of that position in 1999 until 2006, whereupon she became a Judge of the Court of Session in Scotland.


Legal career

Clark studied law at Queens College, St Andrews (now the University of Dundee), and subsequently gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1975. She was a lecturer in Jurisprudence from 1973 at the University of Dundee until she was called to the Scottish Bar in 1977. She took silk in 1989, and was subsequently called to the English Bar in 1990.

Political career

Clark first stood for election in 1992 for the seat of Fife North East, held by Menzies Campbell, but was unsuccessful. At the 1997 election she was elected for the seat of Edinburgh Pentlands, displacing Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Malcolm Rifkind. She stood down at the 2005 election, allowing Alistair Darling to contest the new Edinburgh South West seat.

On 13 May 2005 it was announced that she would be created a life peer, and on 21 June 2005 the title was gazetted as Baroness Clark of Calton, of Calton in the City of Edinburgh.

On 18 January 2006 Lady Clark of Calton resigned as Advocate General to take up office as a Senator of the College of Justice. She was replaced as Advocate General by Neil Davidson, QC (now Lord Davidson of Glen Clova).


'The Role of the Advocate General for Scotland', in A.Boyle, C.Himsworth, A.Loux & H. MacQueen (eds) (2002), Human Rights and Scots Law: Comparative Perspectives on the Incorporation of the ECHR, (Hart Publishing), ISBN 978-1841130446.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Malcolm Rifkind
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands
Constituency abolished
Legal offices
Office Created Advocate General for Scotland
Succeeded by
Neil Davidson


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