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Dickson, William Gillespie (1823–1876), advocate and legal writer, was born on 9 April 1823, the second son of Henry Gordon Dickson, writer to the signet in Edinburgh. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Edinburgh University, and destined for the legal profession. On 9 March 1847 he was admitted a member of the ...


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Glassford, James (1771–1845), advocate and legal writer, was born on 12 February 1771, the son of John Glassford (1715–1783) of Dougalston, and his third wife, Lady Margaret Mackenzie (d. 1773), sixth daughter of George Mackenzie, third earl of Cromarty. He was admitted as a member of the faculty of advocates on 3 December 1793, and was sheriff-depute of ...


Wight, Alexander (d. 1793), advocate and writer on election law, was the son of David Wight, writer, of Edinburgh. Wight attended the University of Edinburgh between 1745 and 1748. He was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates on 6 March 1754 and in time established himself as a leading counsel. In 1773 he published, with a dedication to ...