The Lord-Lieutenants and Sheriffs of Peeblesshire



substitutes carrying out the actual administration of justice in and running the courts.

From the 1920s sheriffdoms were amalgamated and one sheriff principal had two, three or more former sheriffdoms - but the individual sheriff-substitute system remained. Now known simply as 'sheriff' they continued to run the individual courts. One well-known predecessor of the present sheriff in Peebles was Thomas Henderson Orphoot, sheriff-substitute for no less than forty-four years, 1873-1917.

Since 1927 the sheriffs (still, for a time, known as sheriff-substitute) were:

1928 - 1937 William Mitchell
1937 - 1942 Kenneth Douglas Cullen
1942 - 1945 Allan Grierson Walker
1945 - 1952 Joseph McCaig Smart
1952 - 1957 James Aikman Smith
1957 - 1967 Donald McLeod
1968 - 1978 Isobel Lilias Sinclair, QC
1979 - 1985 Neil MacVicar, QC
1985            Nigel Ernest Drummond Thomson


In the times above, sheriffs principal of the combined sheriffdoms of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Peebles later extended to the whole Borders as simply 'Lothians and Borders', were Sir John Fenton, Sir James Gilchrist, Sinclair Shaw, Sir Ross McLean, Sir William Brydon and Sir Michael O'Brien - all KC or later QC.


Sources: 1288 to 1927 - A History of Peeblesshire, edited by J. Walter Buchan (Glasgow 1925, 1927) Vol III, pp620-21; thereafter up-dated.