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    Lord   Mackay of Clashfern, President of the Academy 1999-2000

Lord Mackay of Clashfern was born in Edinburgh in 1927, educated at George Heriot's School and Edinburgh
University where in 1948 to took an MA with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Natural Philosphy. He
was a lecturer in Mathematics at St. Andrew's University from 1948-1950. He took up the Major Scholarship
he had been awarded at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1950. In 1951 he became a wrangler in the Mathemati-
cal Tripos and a Senior Scholar. In 1952 he graduated BA with Honours. In 1952 he returned to Edinburgh
University from where he graduated in 1955 LL. B with distinction. He joined the Faculty of Advocates in
1955, became a QC in 1965, Sheriff Principal of Renfrew and Argyll in 1972, Vice Dean of the Faculty of
Advocates in 1974 and Dean in 1976. In 1979 he was appointed Lord Advocate, a member of the Privy Council
and a Life Peer. In 1984 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Scotland and in 1985 a Lord of
Appeal in Ordinary. In 1987 he was appointed Lord Chancellor of Great Britain. He retired in 1997. On St.
Andrew's Day 1997 Her Majesty appointed him as Knight of the Thistle.

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