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Edward Salvesen by H S Gamley, Dean Cemetery
38 to 44 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh

The Hon. Edward Theodore Salvesen, Lord Salvesen PC QC FRSE (20 July 1857 – 23 February 1942) was a Scottish lawyer, politician and judge who rose to be a Senator of the College of Justice.[1]



Edward Theodore Salvesen was the son of Christian Frederik Salvesen (1827–1911), the Norwegian-born founder of the Christian Salvesen shipping line of Leith. He was born at 20 Charlotte Street in Leith, where his father lived and worked in his early days in Scotland.[2] The family moved to Catherine Bank House on Newhaven Road as his father's fortunes increased.[3] facing onto Bonnington Park House and Victoria Park (the house was demolished c.1900 to create the Dudley estate).

Salvesen studied law at the University of Edinburgh, and was called to the Scottish Bar in 1880, becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1899. He was an unsuccessful Liberal Unionist parliamentary candidate for Leith Burghs in 1900, and for Bute in 1905.[4]

Salvesen's Edinburgh residence was at 40 Drumsheugh Gardens, a large townhouse.[5]

He was appointed Sheriff of Roxburgh, Berwick and Selkirk in November 1901,[6][7] serving as such until early 1905. He held office of Solicitor General for Scotland from February–October 1905.

In late 1905 he was appointed a judge of the Court of Session, a post he held until 1922. He was also created a Senator of the College of Justice and adopted the title of Lord Salvesen. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1922 and was also a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

He was the Lord Rector's Assessor on the Courts of the University of Edinburgh from 1929–33, President of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Chairman of the Royal Scots Association, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society from 1920–26. He was a Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland and Order of St. Olav of Norway.[8]

Risøbank Mansion

He is buried in the 20th-century extension to Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh against the northmost wall. The bronzes (including a portrait head) are by Henry Snell Gamley.


He married Isabelle Georgine Maxwell Trayner (1865-1939) daughter of John Trayner, Lord Trayner.[9]

His cousin was Henry Adolph Salvesen FRSE.

Risøbank ManorEdit

Edward T. Salvesen built his holiday home Risøbank Manor in Mandal, in the county of Vest-Agder, Norway. His father, Christian Salvesen, had acquired the property in 1862. The manor building was designed by the Scottish architect Robert Lorimer and was completed in 1901. It was acquired by the government and the local authorities in 1971. Mandal municipality is responsible for maintenance of the buildings. In 1977 it completed a major refurbishment of Risøbank. The estate is now part of the Furulunden Nature Park.[10]


  1. ^ The Right Hon. Lord Salvesen, P.C., K.C (Nature Publishing Group)
  2. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1857
  3. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1872
  4. ^ Watson, Nigel (1996) The Story of Christian Salvesen, 1846–1996 (London: James & James Ltd.)
  5. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1900-01
  6. ^ "No. 27382". The London Gazette. 3 December 1901. p. 8559.
  7. ^ The Times (36621). London. 25 November 1901. p. 9. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Salvesen, Edward Theodore (1949) Memoirs of Lord Salvesen (London: W. & R. Chambers)
  9. ^
  10. ^ Risøbank Mansion (Welcome to the Lindesnes Region)

Other sourcesEdit

  • Somner, Graeme (1984) From 70 North to 70 South: A history of the Christian Salvesen fleet (Christian Salvesen Ltd) ISBN 978-0-9509199-0-4
  • Elliot, Gerald (1998) Whaling Enterprise: Salvesen in the Antarctic (Michael Russell Publishing Ltd) ISBN 978-0-85955-241-7

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