David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead

James Arthur David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead, KT, QC, PC, FRSE (born 27 June 1938) is a retired Scottish judge who served as the first Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2009 until his retirement in 2013, having previously been the Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. In 2015, he became the Convenor of the Crossbench peers in the House of Lords.[1]

The Lord Hope of Craighead

Official portrait of Lord Hope of Craighead crop 2
Convenor of the Crossbench Peers
Assumed office
28 September 2015
Preceded byThe Lord Laming
Deputy President of the
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
1 October 2009 – 26 June 2013
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byThe Baroness Hale of Richmond
Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
21 April 2009 – 1 October 2009
Preceded byThe Lord Hoffmann
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 1996 – 1 October 2009
Preceded byThe Lord Keith of Kinkel
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Lord Justice General
Lord President of the Court of Session
In office
Preceded byThe Lord Emslie
Succeeded byThe Lord Rodger of Earlsferry
Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde
In office
DeputySir Jim McDonald
Succeeded byThe Lord Smith of Kelvin
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
28 February 1995
Life Peerage
Personal details
James Arthur David Hope

27 June 1938 (age 81)
Political partyNone (crossbencher)
Spouse(s)Katharine Mary Kerr
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge;
University of Edinburgh
Military service
Years of service1957–59
UnitSeaforth Highlanders

Early life

A descendant of Charles Hope, Lord Granton, Lord President of the Court of Session from 1811 to 1841 through his third son,[2], David Hope was born on 27 June 1938 to Edinburgh lawyer Arthur Henry Cecil Hope, OBE, WS and Muriel Ann Neilson Hope (née Collie),[3] and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Rugby School. He completed National Service as an officer with the Seaforth Highlanders, between 1957 and 1959, where he reached the rank lieutenant.[3][4][5] In 1959 he commenced his studies as an Open Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge where he read Classics. He graduated with a B.A. degree in 1962. He then returned to Scotland and studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh, graduating LL.B. in 1965.[3]

In 1966, Hope married Katharine Mary Kerr, daughter of solicitor Mark Kerr WS, with whom he has twin sons and a daughter.[3]

Hope was admitted as an advocate in 1965 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1978.[6] He served as Standing Junior Counsel in Scotland to the Board of the Inland Revenue from 1974 to 1978, and as an Advocate Depute from 1978 to 1982, prosecuting cases on behalf of the Crown. Between 1985 and 1986, he was Chairman of the Medical Appeal Tribunal and the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, and from 1986 to 1989 was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.

The Bench and later public life

In 1989, Hope became a Senator of the College of Justice, taking the judicial title, Lord Hope, and was appointed directly to the offices of Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General, Scotland's highest judge. He was made a Privy Counsellor at this time, and was awarded a Life peerage in the 1995 New Year Honours,[7] his title being gazetted as Baron Hope of Craighead, of Bamff in the District of Perth and Kinross on 28 February 1995.[8] In 1996, The Lord Hope of Craighead retired as Lord President to become a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary,[9] and was succeeded by The Lord Rodger of Earlsferry. On 21 April 2009, he was appointed Second Senior Law Lord, succeeding Lord Hoffmann.[10] On 1 October 2009, Hope became one of the first Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and its first Deputy President. He retired from that position on 26 June 2013.

In November 2014 it was announced that Lord Hope would be appointed as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2015.[11]

Notable cases

As Deputy President of the Supreme Court

As Lord of Appeal in Ordinary

As Lord President

As Lord Justice General

Honours & Arms

The Lord Hope of Craighead became Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in 1998 and was appointed a Fellow in 2000. He stepped down as Chancellor in October 2013.[13] He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by the University in 1993, and by the University of Aberdeen in 1991 and the University of Edinburgh in 1995. In 2007, he was awarded the David Kelbie Award by the Institute of Contemporary Scotland. He was formerly an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Aberdeen, and is an honorary member of the Canadian Bar Association (1987) and of The Society of Legal Scholars (1991), an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2000), and an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn (1989) and of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland (1995). He is also, as of 2008, the Honorary President of the Edinburgh Student Law Review.

On St Andrew's Day, 30 November 2009, Lord Hope was appointed to the Order of the Thistle by Queen Elizabeth II.[14] The Order of the Thistle is the highest chivalric honour in Scotland. In the UK as a whole it is second only to the Order of the Garter amongst chivalric orders. The order honours Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in some way to national life.[15]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ The Secret History of Our Streets, series 2, episode 1- The Moray Estate, Edinburgh, BBC, first broadcast 25 July 2014
  3. ^ a b c d A&C Black (December 2008). "HOPE OF CRAIGHEAD, Baron". Who's Who online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 June 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  4. ^ "No. 41216". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 November 1957. p. 6400.
  5. ^ "No. 41798". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 August 1959. p. 5357.
  6. ^ "No. 47612". The London Gazette. 8 August 1978. p. 9503.
  7. ^ "No. 53893". The London Gazette. 30 December 1994. p. 1.
  8. ^ "No. 53972". The London Gazette. 3 March 1995. p. 3449.
  9. ^ "No. 54543". The London Gazette. 4 October 1996. p. 13211.
  10. ^ "No. 59045". The London Gazette. 21 April 2009. p. 1.
  11. ^ Queen Appoints senior judge as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly.
  12. ^ supremecourt.uk: HM Treasury v Ahmad, etc, 27 Jan 2010
  13. ^ "Lord Smith of Kelvin appointed University of Strathclyde Chancellor" (Press release). University of Strathclyde. 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  14. ^ "No. 59258". The London Gazette. 1 December 2009. p. 20801.
  15. ^ "Announcement of new appointments to the Order of the Thistle, 29 November 2009". Royal Household of the United Kingdom. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  16. ^ Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage. 2000.
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Emslie
Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session
Succeeded by
The Lord Rodger of Earlsferry
Preceded by
The Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
Preceded by
The Lord Hoffmann
Second Senior Law Lord
New creation Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
The Baroness Hale of Richmond
Other offices
Preceded by
The Lord Laming
Convenor of the Crossbench Peers
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Tope
Baron Hope of Craighead
Followed by
The Lord Blyth of Rowington
Charles Hope, Lord Granton

Rt Hon Lord Charles Hope FRSE (29 June 1763 – 30 October 1851) was a Scottish politician and judge.


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Lord Hope

Lord Hope may refer to:

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David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead (born 1938), senior judge

David Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes (born 1940), former Archbishop of York

A subsidiary title of the Marquess of Linlithgow, created in 1703

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Coat of arms of David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead
Coronet of a British Baron
Hope of Craighead Escutcheon
A broken terrestrial sphere Proper charged with an anchor Gules surrounded by a rainbow Proper.
Azure on a chevron Or between three bezants a bay leaf between two quill pens Vert.
Spes Non Est Fracta (My Hope is Not Broken) [16]
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