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Lady Dorrian to be honoured with Parliament Hall portrait

23 September 2019

A portrait of Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, is to take its place among the celebrated lawyers on the walls of Parliament Hall in the Supreme Courts building in Edinburgh.

She will become the third woman to feature in the hall, after Dame Margaret Kidd QC, the first woman called to the Scottish bar, and Lady Cosgrove, the first woman to be appointed a Court of Session and High Court judge.

The announcement of the new artwork was made at the Faculty of Advocates’ event on Friday to celebrate the centenary of women in law.

Roddy Dunlop QC, Faculty treasurer, said the suggestion to honour Lady Dorrian with a portrait had been made by Fiona Drysdale, deputy clerk of Faculty, and enthusiastically taken up by office-bearers.

“We are delighted Lady Dorrian has accepted our invitation to commission a portrait of her to commemorate her historic appointment as the first female Lord Justice Clerk,” he commented.

“We hope it will be a fitting tribute to her seminal role in the advancement of women in the legal profession in Scotland and beyond.”

Lady Dorrian responded: “I am honoured and delighted, and grateful to the Faculty of Advocates of which I continue to be a proud member.”

A timetable for producing the portrait has still to be confirmed. 

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