Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde
The Lord Strathclyde
Alexander Ure c.1895
|Solicitor General for Scotland|
|Preceded by||James Avon Clyde|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Dewar|
|Born||22 February 1853|
|Died||2 October 1928 (aged 75)|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
He provided as Solicitor General for Scotland from December 1905 to 1909, and as Lord Advocate from February 1909 to 1913. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Lloyd George's 1909–10 budget. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1909. In 1909, he conducted the prosecution of Oscar Slater for murder; the conviction was later quashed on appeal.
On leaving Parliament he was raised to the bench as Lord Strathclyde and appointed Lord Justice General, a post he held until 1920. He was raised to the Peerage as Baron Strathclyde, of Sandyford in the County of Lanark, in 1914. In 1917, he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire as a Knight Grand Cross. He is said to have been skilled in cross-examination, and was more suited to life as an advocate than as a judge.
Ure famously oversaw the trial of alleged murderer, Oscar Slater, now seen as a serious mis-trial. Although Ure sentenced him to death in 1909 the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Following a campaign by Arthur Conan Doyle and others Slater received a pardon but only having served 18 years in Peterhead Prison.
In 1879 he married Margaret McDowell Steven. their only child was a daughter, Chruistopbel Helen Ure who died in 1918, before the Baron's death.
The peerage therefore became extinct on his death.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Alexander Ure
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Linlithgowshire
James Avon Clyde
| Solicitor General for Scotland
| Lord Advocate
The Lord Dunedin
| Lord Justice General
James Avon Clyde
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baron Strathclyde