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Earl Of Kilmuir

Earl Of Kilmuir, British diplomat, prosecutor Nuremberg War Trials. Decorated Grand Cross Victorian Order. Honorary fellow Balliol College Oxford, R.C.S. (Edinburgh). National Union Conservative and Unionist Assns. (president 1950); honorary member Canadian, American, New York bar associations. member General Council of Bar, 1936; Served with Scot’s Guards. 1918-1919.


  • Kilmuir, Earl Of was born in 1900 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Son of William Thomson and Isabella (Campbell) F.

  • Education

    • Graduate George Watson’s College, 1917. Master of Arts, Balliol College, Oxford, 1921, Doctor of Civil Law (honorary), 1953. Doctor of Laws, Liverpool University, 1947, Manitoba, 1954, Edinburgh, Wales, 1955, St. Andrews, 1956, University of Chicago, 1960, George Washington University, 1960, Columbia, 1960, U. Ottawa, 1960.


    • On staff of British Commonwealth Union, 1921-1922. Called to Bar (Gray’s Inn) 1922. Bencher, 1936; treasurer, 1949.

      Law practice Northern Circuit, Liverpool, 1922-1934. Member General Council of Bar, 1936. Recorder of Oldham, 1936-1942.

      Solicitor-general of England, 1942-1945, attorney-general, 1945, privy councillor since 1945. Deputy chief prosecutor trial Nazi war criminals, Nuremberg, 1945-1946. Conservative member Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1949, chairman legal committee, introducing European Convention Human Rights, 1949-1950.

      Secretary of State for Home Department, Minister for Welsh Affairs 1951-1954. Lord chancellor, 1954-1962. Chairman Plessey Company Limited, since 1962.

      Conservative member Parliament for West Derby Division, Liverpool, 1935-1954. Trustee British Museum. Visitor St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, 1953.

      Past rector St. Andrews University.


    • Author: Monopoly, 1948. Political Adventure, 1964.


    Member General Council of Bar, 1936. Served with Scot’s Guards. 1918-1919.


    • Married Sylvia Harrison, April. Children: Pamela (Mistress C. Blackmore), Miranda (Mistress M. Cormack).
    • father: William Thomson F.
    • mother: Isabella (Campbell) F.
    • spouse: Sylvia Harrison
    • children: Pamela Kilmuir (Mistress C. Blackmore)
    • Miranda Kilmuir (Mistress M. Cormack)
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    Died January 27, 1967
    (aged 67)