Robert Bannatyne Finlay Finlay - Encyclopedia




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"ROBERT BANNATYNE FINLAY FINLAY, 1ST ViscouNT (1842-), British lawyer and politician, was born at Edinburgh July 11 1842. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and University, and graduated in medicine. In 1867 he was called to the bar, in 1882 becoming a Q.C. and bencher of the Middle Temple. He was elected as Conservative member for Inverness Burghs in 1885, and held this seat until 1892. In 1895 he regained the seat, and was made Solicitor-General in Lord Salisbury's Government, when he was knighted. In 'goo he became Attorney-General, remaining in the Government until the Conservative defeat of 1906. In 1910 he successfully contested Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities, and in 1916, on the formation of Mr. Lloyd George's Government, became Lord Chancellor and a life peer. He retired in 1918, and in 1919 was created a viscount. Lord Finlay received hon. degrees from various universities, and from 1902 to 1903 was lord rector of Edinburgh University.

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