Alexander Maconochie Lord Meadowbank

Biography of Alexander Maconochie Lord Meadowbank

Alexander Maconochie (later Maconochie-Welwood), Lord Meadowbank (1777-1861) was Dean of Faculties, 1845 to 1847.

Maconochie was the son of a leading judge. He became an advocate in 1799; Sheriff-Depute of East Lothian in 1810; Solicitor-General for Scotland in 1813, and Lord Advocate in 1816. In 1817 Maconochie he was criticised for his conduct of trials of alleged radicals for sedition in Edinburgh. He took his seat as Lord Meadowbank after his appointment as an ordinary Lord of Session and of Judiciary in 1819.

A staunch Tory, Maconochie was elected MP for Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight in 1817 and for Anstruther in 1818. In 1827, he revealed to the world in a speech that Sir Walter Scott was the author of the Waverley novels. After inheriting his cousin's estates in 1854, Maconochie took the additional surname of Welwood.


Alexander Maconochie Lord Meadowbank
Born 2 March 1777, Scotland.
Died 30 November 1861.
University Link: Dean of Faculties
Occupation categories: lawyers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P155265
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