George Young, Lord Young

Last updated on 1 August 2017

The Rt Hon George Young, Lord Young (2 July 1819 – 21 May 1907) was a Scottish Liberal MP in the British Parliament and a judge, with the judicial title of Lord Young.

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George Young, photograph about 1868
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Moray Place, Edinburgh
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The grave of Lord Young, St John's, Edinburgh


He was born in Dumfries and educated locally before being sent to the University of Edinburgh to study Law. He became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1840 and was also called to the English bar. He held the judicial offices of Sheriff of Inverness-shire in 1853–1860 and of Haddington and Berwick in 1860–1862.[1]

He was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in 1862–1866 and 1868–1869. He then became Lord Advocate.

He represented Wigtown Burghs in 1865–1874, until he lost an election. After an election petition, that election was declared void and the seat awarded to Young on 28 May 1874. However, in June 1874, he was appointed a Judge of the Court of Session and left Parliament.

On 3 March 1874 he was created a Senator of the College of Justice with the title Lord Young. He served until 1905.[2]

He lived his final years at 28 Moray Place on the prestigious Moray Estate in western Edinburgh.[3]

He is buried with his wife Janet Bell (d. 1901) near the south-west corner of St John's churchyard in Edinburgh.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Dunbar
Member of Parliament for Wigtown Burghs
Succeeded by
Mark John Stewart
Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Francis Maitland
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
Edward Strathearn Gordon
Preceded by
John Millar
Solicitor General for Scotland
Succeeded by
John Macdonald
Preceded by
James Moncreiff
Lord Advocate
Succeeded by
Edward Strathearn Gordon

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