George Patton, Lord Glenalmond

George Patton, Lord Glenalmond (1803 20 September 1869)[1] was a Scottish politician and judge.


He studied law at Edinburgh University. He studied at Glasgow University and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] He was Conservative Member of Parliament for Bridgwater, Somerset from 1865 to 1866. He was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland in 1859 and Lord Advocate in 1866, and appointed himself to the bench as Lord Justice Clerk in 1867 with the judicial title Lord Glenalmond, partly to avoid inquiry into charges of bribery in connection with his election to Parliament. He committed suicide in September 1869.

Glenalmond College

The school now known as Glenalmond College was built on land given by George Patton who for the rest of his life, in company with his wife, took a keen interest in its development and success.[3]


On 25 March 1857 in Edinburgh, he married Margaret Bethune (1823-1899).[4] She was the younger daughter of Lieutenant-General Alexander Bethune of Blebo (1771-1847), son of Major-General Sir William Sharp, 6th Baronet and Margaret Bethune, and his wife Maria Low (1794-1886), daughter of Robert James Low of Clatto and his wife Susanna Elizabeth Malcolm.

There were no children. His widow continued to run the Glenalmond estate for the rest of her life and on 2 January 1871 in Edinburgh married Robert Malcolm.[5]


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
  2. "Patton, George (PTN822G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. Accessed 3 December 2015
  4. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch : George Patton and M. Bethune, 25 Mar 1857; citing Edinburgh Parish,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516. Accessed 3 December 2015
  5. Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. (subscription required) Accessed 3 December 2015

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Preceded by
Henry Westropp
Alexander William Kinglake
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater
With: Alexander William Kinglake
Succeeded by
Alexander William Kinglake
Philip Vanderbyl
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James Moncreiff
Lord Advocate
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Edward Strathearn Gordon
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