The Wartime Career of Prison Reformer Sir Alexander Paterson M.C.

Sir Alexander Henry Paterson

For a brief biography > Sir Alexander Paterson

The barrister/priest/author/broadcaster/after dinner speaker, Harry Potter, (not the boy wizard) was born in 1950s Glasgow where he was brought up before leaving to read history and theology at Cambridge University (on a scholarship), later becoming a Fellow of Selwyn College. Harry's interest in the First World War runs deep - enough to consider it mandatory to stay in Talbot House - read on, and you will understand why. 

Harry Potter - BBC presenter on the History of Law

He trained to be a priest and is ordained, worked with 'Borstal Boys' and developed an interest in prison reformer Alexander Patterson. He is a broadcaster (on the history of law), author, criminal barrister, priest, fellow of Selwyn College and much more besides. His book on Alexander Patterson was due out in March 2022 but as lockdown gave Harry the opportunity to get it written early it is now out for peer review and will be published later this year (2021). 

He found Paterson ‘interesting, intriguing and illusive' he liked him because 'he got things done’. If you read Harry Potter’s profile on LinkedIn you may rather think that he too is interesting, intriguing and illusive as well - it is certainly a challenge to keep up with him as one idea follows on from another to another to another. 

I wonder now who will write the biography of Harry Potter? Not JKRowling. 

The criminal barrister Harry Potter from his chambers' profile


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Some of the books by Harry Potter:

  • Hanging in Judgment: Religion and the Death Penalty from the Bloody Code to Abolition, SCM, 1993
  • Blood Feud: The Stewarts and Gordons at War in the Age of Mary Queen of Scots, Tempus 2002
  • Edinburgh Under Siege 1571-1573, Tempus, 2003
  • Articles on the Criminal Justice Act 1991, Job, Jeremiah, Rudyard Kipling and the First World War, Sir Thomas Browne, and the War Poets

As well as articles on Rudyard Kipling.