Biography of Francis Jeffrey
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850) studied at the the University and was Rector, 1820-1822.
Born in Edinburgh, Jeffrey went to Glasgow from 1787 to 1789 to study law at the University but completed his education at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford. He became a lawyer and in 1802 became editor of the influential Edinburgh Review. He was subsequently Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Lord Advocate, an MP, and a judge.
In 1820 Jeffrey stood successfully for election against the incumbent University Rector, Kirkman Finlay. He established the custom of the rectorial address when he delivered a speech at his installation ceremony.