John Inglis Lord Glencorse
Biography of John Inglis Lord Glencorse
John Inglis, Lord Glencorse (1810-1891), was a graduate of the University and was Rector from 1865 until 1868.
Born in Edinburgh, Inglis matriculated to study at the University in 1825 and went as a Snell Exhibitioner to Balliol College Oxford in 1828. He was a senior legal figure in Scotland who became best known for his defence in 1857 of Madeleine Smith, against charges of poisoning her former lover. He was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland, Lord Advocate and Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. In 1858 he was appointed Lord Justice-Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Court of Session, with the title Lord Glencorse, and nine years later he became Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice-General of Scotland. He was responsible for the passing of the Universities (Scotland) Act of 1858.
In 1868 Glencorse stood for election as Rector against William Ewart Gladstone. The vote was tied and Glencorse was elected on the casting vote of the Chancellor, the Duke of Montrose. Glencorse had strong links with other Scottish universities: he was Rector of Kings College, Aberdeen from 1857 to 1860 and Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, 1869 to 1891.