Three quarter length portrait of the Secretary, seated next to a table. He wears a black gown and red hood, the insignia of an order around his neck. His left hand is placed on his knee and right arm rests on the table. He is facing the viewer with three quarter face.
Ludovic James Grant, the eldest son of Sir Alexander Grant, Principal of the University (1868-1884), was born in 1862 and educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and Balliol College, Oxford, and called to the Scottish Bar in 1887. Influenced in his choice of an academic life perhaps by family associations no less than by personal inclinations, he accepted appointment to the Regius Chair of Public Law in 1890. For the next thirty years he served the University not only as a brilliant teacher but also as an exceptionally able administrator.