Born d of Thomas Ashton of Hyde and Manchester; m 1889, Rt Hon. James, 1st Viscount Bryce, of Dechmont; no c; died 27 Dec. 1939...
MP (C) Lichfield, since 1997 (Mid-Staffordshire, 1992–97)
KT 1997; PC 1979; FRSE 1984
Editor-in-Chief, Halsbury’s Laws of England, 1998–2015; Lord High Commissioner, General Assembly, Church of Scotland, 2005–06 and 2006–07; Lord Clerk Register of Scotland and Keeper of the Signet, since 2007
Kt 2005; FREng
a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, 2005–14; Judge in charge, Technology and Construction Court, 2007–10; International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court, since 2015