Lord Emslie writes:
Lord (John) Cameron was, I believe, one of the most distinguished Scotsmen of this century. His contribution to the nation and to the Law of Scotland was immense.
His history before he began his legal career in 1924 when he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates was both colourful and outstanding. In 1917 he was dux of the Edinburgh Academy and, proceeding to Edinburgh University, he took 1st Class Honours in Classics and History and thereafter graduated LLB with distinction. As a midshipman RNVR he saw service in the Baltic with his beloved Navy in 1918-1919 and was present when the German High Seas Fleet surrendered in the Forth at the end of the first world war.