Francis Jeffrey

Biography of Francis Jeffrey

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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.


Francis Jeffrey
Writer and Judge

Born 23 October 1773.
Died 26 January 1850.
University Link: Alumnus, Rector
Occupation categories: lawyers; politicians
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P139459
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Record last updated: 25th Jun 2008

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