William Milligan, Lord Milligan

William Rankine Milligan, Lord Milligan, PC, KC (12 December 1898 – 28 July 1975) was a Scottish judge and Unionist politician. He served as Solicitor General for Scotland and Lord Advocate.

Milligan in 1952, by Walter Stoneman

Early lifeEdit

Milligan was educated at Sherborne School, University College, Oxford, and the University of Glasgow. In the First World War, Milligan served with the Highland Light Infantry from 1917 to 1919.

Legal careerEdit

Milligan was admitted as an advocate in 1925, and appointed a King's Counsel in 1945. He was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland from 1951 to 1954,[1] and Lord Advocate from 1955[2] to 1960, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1955. He was appointed to the College of Justice in 1960, with the judicial title Lord Milligan.


Milligan was an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate at Glasgow St Rollox in 1945[3] and again at Central Ayrshire in 1950 and 1951, and was elected for Edinburgh North in a 1955 by-election,[4] where he served until 1960.


His son James Milligan, Lord Milligan was a Senator of the College of Justice.


  1. ^ "No. 16906". The Edinburgh Gazette. 9 November 1951. p. 565.
  2. ^ "No. 17250". The Edinburgh Gazette. 11 January 1955. p. 13.
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 596. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  4. ^ "No. 40397". The London Gazette. 1 February 1955. p. 647.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lord Advocate
Succeeded by