Sheriff J. Irvine Smith

Published: 18 January 2016

The well known, former Greenock Sheriff, and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, J. Irvine Smith, has died.

The former Greenock Sheriff,  J. Irvine Smith, has died. He was 89.

Sheriff Smith was an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Law for many years.  He was also a stalwart supporter of the Student Law Society..

Mr Smith became Sheriff of North Strathclyde, encompassing Greenock, Dunoon and Rothesay, in 1983, and retired eight years later with his wife, Diana, to Rothesay, where he continued to sit as a temporary Sheriff.

He was born in Falkirk in 1926, he went on to become one of the most famous criminal lawyers of his generation.

He was one of Scotland’s most popular after-dinner speakers, particularly for Burns Suppers, and wrote about his 28-year career as a sheriff in his 2011 autobiography, ‘Law, Life and Laughter’.

First published: 18 January 2016

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