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James Bryce, Viscount Bryce (1838–1922) by George Charles Beresford, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bryce, James, Viscount Bryce (1838–1922), jurist, historian, and politician, was born in Arthur Street, Belfast, on 10 May 1838, the eldest son of James Bryce (1806–1877), schoolteacher and geologist.

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Crosbie, Andrew (1736–1785), lawyer and antiquary, was probably born at Soutergate, Dumfries. He was the surviving son (the elder died young) of Andrew Crosbie (d. 1762), provost of Dumfries (like his father, John), and Jean, daughter of James Grierson of Barjary...

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Andrew Crosbie (1736–1785) by David Martin in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates

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Cunningham, Alexander, of Block (1650x60–1730), jurist and scholar, was the eldest of the six children of John Cunningham (d. 1668), minister of Cumnock, Ayrshire, from 1647, and Elizabeth Cunningham (d. 1677). His father, proprietor of the small estate of Block in ...

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Sir David Dalrymple, third baronet, Lord Hailes (1726–1792) by Allan Ramsay, c. 1766–7 photograph by kind permission of The National Trust for Scotland

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Dalrymple, Sir David, third baronet, Lord Hailes (1726–1792), judge and historian, was born on 26 October 1726 in Edinburgh, the eldest of the sixteen children of Sir James Dalrymple, second baronet (1692–1751), and Christian (c.1703–1770), daughter of Thomas Hamilton, sixth earl of Haddington...

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Dalrymple, Sir John, of Cousland [afterwards Sir John Hamilton-Macgill-Dalrymple], fourth baronet (1726–1810), lawyer and historian, was the eldest son of Sir William Dalrymple of Cousland, third baronet (1704–1771), advocate, and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1755), daughter of William Crawford of ...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by Alexander Du Toit

Davidson, John (c. 1724–1797), antiquary and lawyer, was the son of James Davidson of Haltree, an Edinburgh bookseller, and Elizabeth, sister of William Brown, Church of Scotland minister, also of Edinburgh. He was educated for the law, being apprenticed to George Balfour, writer to the ...

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Gibb, Andrew Dewar (1888–1974), jurist and Scottish nationalist, was born at the High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 13 February 1888, the son of William Fletcher Gibb (1855/6–1923), medical doctor, and his wife, Mary Jane, née Walker (1860/61–1948). He was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond...

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Haldane, Archibald Richard Burdon (1900–1982), lawyer and historian, was born at 55 Melville Street, Edinburgh, on 18 November 1900, the youngest child of Sir William Stowell Haldane (1864–1951), lawyer and landowner, younger brother of Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane of Cloan, and Professor John Scott Haldane...

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Keith, Arthur Berriedale (1879–1944), Sanskritist and jurist, was born on 5 April 1879 at 3 Abercorn Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh, the fourth of six talented children and the third son of Davidson Keith (1842–1921), advertising agent, and Margaret Stobie Keith, née Drysdale (1851–1911). His father came from a ...

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Kinloch, George Ritchie (1797/8–1877), lawyer and antiquary, was born probably in Jamaica, one of at least seven children of George Kinloch (1741–1802), deputy judge advocate and master in chancery in Jamaica, and his wife, Susannah, née Wigglesworth (1759–1841), of Edinburgh. Named after his father and in memory of a dead elder brother, ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Laing, Malcolm (1762–1818), historian and advocate, was the eldest son of Robert Laing (d. 1805), a merchant and provost of Kirkwall in 1788–92, who came of an old Orkney family; his brother was Samuel Laing (1780–1868). Laing was born at the paternal estate of ...

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Lawrie, Sir Archibald Campbell (1837–1914), lawyer and antiquary, was born on 8 September 1837 in West Nile Street, Glasgow, the eldest son of John Adair Lawrie (1801–1859), surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Glasgow, and his wife, Janet Finlay, of ...

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Little, Clement (c. 1527–1580), lawyer and benefactor, was the elder son of Clement Little (d. 1551), a prosperous Edinburgh merchant who also owned property in upper Liberton to the south of the town, and his wife, Elizabeth Fisher. The couple ran their shop, filled with cloth, articles of apparel, and similar merchandise, which lay close to the family home on the south side of ...

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Murray, David (1842–1928), lawyer and antiquary, was born at Glasgow on 15 April 1842, the eldest son of David Murray, a writer to the signet in Glasgow, and Ann Hunter Guthrie. He attended Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow...

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Parry, Sir David Hughes (1893–1973), jurist and university administrator, was born on 3 January 1893 at Llanaelhaearn, Caernarvonshire, the eldest of three sons and of four children of John Parry JP, a farmer, and his wife, Anne Hughes, great-great-niece of Griffith Davies, the actuary. Childhood on a hill farm from which a living could be wrested only by unremitting labour left an indelible mark on him. The family and community in which he grew up were both Welsh-speaking and deeply religious; ...

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Sir David Hughes Parry (1893–1973) by Kyffin Williams, 1964 The University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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Taylor, Sir Thomas Murray (1897–1962), lawyer and university principal, was born at Keith, Banffshire, on 27 May 1897, the only son of John Taylor, farmer and head of a firm of cattle dealers, and his wife, Jenny Nichol Murray. From Keith grammar school...