SECOND son of a Glasgow medical man. Dr. J. R. Dickson, Mr. Scott Dickson was born in Garnethill, Glasgow, 13th September, 1850, and educated at Glasgow High School, and Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, at the former of which he took honours in Mathematics and Philosophy. After some years in the law offices in Glasgow of Messrs. Macleod & Ralston, now Clark & Cameron, and of Messrs. M'Lay, Murray, & Spens, and after practising as a writer for a year, he was admitted a Member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1877. He continued his connection with Glasgow, however, by holding the Lectureship on Constitutional Law at Glasgow University. In 1892 he contested Kilmarnock Burghs in the Conservative interest. Unsuccessful there, he attacked the Liberal stronghold of Bridgeton three years later, when he was defeated by Sir George Trevelyan, and at the Bye Election in 1897 he was defeated by Sir Charles Cameron. Meanwhile he had been Advocate-Depute in 1892 and 1895, and the Government had recognised his merits by appointing him Solicitor-General for Scotland in 1896; and at the General Election of 1900, Sir Charles Cameron having retired, he again contested Bridgeton, and was returned by a large majority against Professor Murison. Three years later he was made Lord-Advocate. He lost his seat at the General Election in 1906. but in March, 1909, was returned for the Central Division of Glasgow with a majority of over 2,000. In October, 1908, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.
    Mrs. Scott Dickson is a sister-in-law of Professor Dewar, famous for his discoveries of the means of liquefying gases, who was President of the British Association in 1903.

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