The Madras College Archive


Former Pupil Biographies

Professor James Mercer Irvine, K.C. (1862 - 1945)

James Mercer Irvine was born in St Andrews in 1862. His father James Barland Irvine was a minister of the Free Church in Strathkinness, married to Maria Powrie on 7 January 1862. James was the eldest child in the family. He married Isabella Fraser Mackay in 1896 in Edinburgh. He died in Edinburgh in 1945.

In 1920 he was awarded the degree of LL.D. by Aberdeen University. At that time he was Sheriff Principal of Renfrew and Bute.

The 'Old Boys Chronicle' in the Madras College Magazine for Summer 1909 reported:

"James C. Irvine, M.A., B.Sc., LL.B., Professor of Law in the University of Aberdeen, has been made a K.C."