Lord Kirkwood

The death has been announced of the Rt Hon Lord Kirkwood, who served as a judge from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. He was 84.

Ian Candlish Kirkwood joined the Faculty of Advocates in 1957, after graduating at the universities of Edinburgh and Michigan. He took silk in 1970. He was also a former international chess player.

Lord Kirkwood was one of five judges, headed by Lord Cullen, then Lord Justice General, who heard and dismissed the appeal of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi against his conviction for the Lockerbie bombing.

He had a reputation as a genial, diligent and scrupulously fair judge.

Two of his cases which drew headlines involved dogs. In the first, he lifted a death sentence on Woofie, a mongrel whose cause had been championed by the animal rights campaigner and former actress Brigitte Bardot. In the second, he ruled that Sam, a West Highland Terrier whose barking made an elderly couple’s life a misery should not be put down but moved to a new home.