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Lord Haldane: Lawyer, Statesman and Philosopher

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Speaker: John Campbell OBE


5.45 pm: Registration

6.00 pm: Lecture begins

The Black Books Society is delighted to welcome John Campbell to talk to us about the life and career of an extraordinary man.

John Campbell’s biography of Lord Haldane was published in 2020 and garnered enthusiastic reviews. The book reveals Haldane to have been a man of prodigious abilities and learning, who made a massive contribution to public life. A successful lawyer, he was twice Lord Chancellor and served as Treasurer of this Inn in 1919. Political high office included seven years as Secretary of State for War 1905-1912, during which he was responsible for critical Army reforms in advance of the First World War. He was responsible for many of the early 20th century’s educational reforms and involved in countless other progressive causes. If this were not enough, he was deeply interested in philosophy and could easily have enjoyed a distinguished career in this field.

Richard Burdon Haldane, by Philip de László (1928). Reproduced with the kind permission of the National Portrait Gallery, London