Lady Angela Hunter

Biography of Lady Angela Hunter

Lady Angela Hunter, also known as Angela McLean, was a lecturer in Scots Law at the University of Glasgow between 1963 and 1982.

Angela Marion Reid was born in Edinburgh on the 24th April 1940, the daughter of George Smith Reid, an advocate and long-serving Sheriff in Ayr, and Marion Reid, known as May. Angela went to Ayr Academy, where she was a prefect and Deputy Head Girl, pursued the cello and piano and was in the 1st XI for hockey. She was also a member of the Literary and Debating Society.

She followed in her father and uncle's footsteps in attending the University of Glasgow. From the first she was intent on a legal career. On first matriculating in 1958, she set out her intention to pursue an MA and then an LLB. This she succeeded in doing, with passes across the board, and prizes in many of her subjects, most notably the first-awarded Royal Faculty of Procurators Prize in Scots Private Law, the University Prize for Evidence & Procedure, the Guthrie Prize for Jurisprudence and the Cunninghame Prize in Conveyancing. By the time she was applying for her LLB in 1961, her plans had changed slightly: when asked what career she was contemplating, she wrote "Undecided, but preferably an academic career".

On gaining her LLB in 1963, Angela joined the Faculty of Law and Financial Studies as a part-time assistant in Civil Law, earning £200 per annum. The following year she became a Lecturer in Law, earning £1000 per annum.

Over her career, Angela taught many who went on to become eminent solicitors, advocates and judges, most notably Lord Rodger of Earlsferry and Lady Cosgrove. Angela was instrumental in encouraging the latter, then Hazel Aronson, to go to the Scots bar in the late 1960s, when law was still an unusual career for a woman. Esmee Shapiro, who taught alongside Angela, recalled her as a mother figure to the women of the department, very much contributing to the sisterhood that would grow over the years. She was an inspiring lecturer with a near-encyclopedic knowledge of case law.

Her specialism was criminal law but she also served in administrative roles, becoming Sub-Dean of the Law Faculty in the 1970s and 1980s. She left the University in 1982 as part of a voluntary redundancy scheme. The Minutes of the Faculty of Law indicate that her decision to leave meant that many others could keep their jobs amid University-wide economies.

Following her academic career Angela worked for a number of years as a solicitor and temporary Sheriff in Aberdeen. She later became a chair of Employment Tribunals in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

In 1992, she endowed the Reid Family Trust prize at the University of Glasgow in her father's name, which is awarded to two students each year. After she retired from legal practice, she donated her entire set of Court of Sessions cases, dating back to the late 1700s, to the University of Glasgow.

Angela Reid married first Andrew MacKellar McLean, with whom she had two children, Gavin and Rod. She married John Oswald Mair Hunter, Lord Hunter QC VRD, known as Jack Hunter, in 1989.

Angela died in 2022.


Lady Angela Hunter
Born 1940.
Died 2022.
University Link: GU Degree:
Record last updated: 18th Feb 2022

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