He was appointed as a junior examiner of the Committee of Council on Education in 1871 and promoted, in 1878, to the position of Senior examiner until 1885. In this year Scotland got an independent Committee of Council on Education known as the Scotch Education Department. Craik was appointed as its Secretary. A post he held from 1885 to 1904. In October 1901 he received a degree in law (LL.D.) from the University of St Andrews.
He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1888, and promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in 1897. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1918, and in the New Year Honours List 1926, he was made a baronet, of Kennoway, in the County of Fife.
Craik was born on 18 October 1846 in Glasgow. Son of the Rev. James Craik, D.D., a prominent clergyman and Moderator of the Church of Scotland. He married on 17 December 1873 to Fanny Esther Duffield, daughter of Charles Duffield. They had two children: George Lillie (1874-1929) and Henry Duffield (1876-1955). George succeeded his father in the baronetcy, he died two years later. He was succeeded by his brother Henry, who was Governor of the Punjab from 1938 to 1941.
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James Alexander Campbell
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With: Sir William Cheyne, 1918-1922
Dugald Cowan, 1918-1934
George Berry, 1922-1931
Dugald Cowan and
George Berry and
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Sir James Agg-Gardner
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George Lillie Craik