Lord Mackay of Drumadoon (1946 - 2018)

Edinburgh Law School was saddened to learn of the passing of Lord Mackay of Drumadoon earlier this month.

Lord Donald Sage Mackay, graduated from Edinburgh Law School with an LLB in 1966 then completed an LLM in 1968. He went on to have an outstanding legal career. After practising as a solicitor for five years, he was admitted to Faculty in 1976, and took Silk in 1987. In 1995, he was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland, and later that year he took office as Lord Advocate serving until 1997. He was elevated to the Supreme Courts Bench in 2000, and was appointed to the Inner House in 2010.

As well as having a distinguished legal career, Lord Mackay was also a great friend to the Law School. He supported our work observation programme as part of Pathways to the Professions. He regularly hosted pairs of local state school pupils, and gave his time generously. Pupils were intimidated when they saw where they were going, and that they were meeting a Lord, but he was so welcoming and accommodating that they were at ease immediately. This experience inspired many of them to go on and study law, and many have now graduated and work in practice themselves.

Speaking about Lord Mackay, Professor Martin Hogg (Head of Law School) said:

“Lord Mackay was a man of immense talent, whose career took him from practise as a solicitor to a successful career at the bar, to appointment as Solicitor General for Scotland and Lord Advocate, and then to a judicial career in Scotland‚ the Supreme Courts as well as a seat in the House of Lords. He will be greatly missed by the legal community as well as by his University, and we extend our sincere condolences to his family.”