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Hog [Hogg], Sir Roger, of Harcarse, Lord Harcarse (1634/5–1700), judge, was born in Berwickshire, the eldest son and heir of William Hog of Bogend, advocate. He was admitted advocate on 25 June 1661, and was knighted and appointed an ordinary lord of session as Lord Harcarse on 16 November 1677. He represented Berwickshire in the convention of estates held at Edinburgh in June and July 1678, and succeeded Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill as a lord of justiciary in November of that year. On 13 February 1688 he was removed from the bench by James VII and II, having voted against the wishes of the ministry regarding the tutors of the young marquess of Montrose. Following the revolution of 1688 Harcarse was appointed a commissioner of supply for Berwick on 7 June 1690, but subsequently lived the remainder of his life in retirement.

Harcarse left a work entitled Decisions of the court of session collected by Sir Roger Hog of Harcarse, one of the senators of the college of justice from 1681 to 1691, published in 1757. This volume also contains a brief account of the life of Harcarse, who is described as ‘in high esteem with all the great lawyers of his time, for his judgement and industry … Both in his public and private capacity’ (Walker, 178). However, Robert Pittilloch, solicitor-general in 1655, published a pamphlet in 1689 entitled Oppression under the Colour of Law, attacking Harcarse for improper judicial interference in favour of his son-in-law Aytoun of Inchdairnie.

Harcarse married, first, Catherine, daughter of John Paterson, parson of Oldhamstocks; she died before September 1681. On 13 June 1682 he married Barbara, daughter of Laurence Scott of Bavelaw and widow of Laurence Charteris, advocate; his third wife, whom he married on 24 February 1685, was Jean Don, Lady Greenhead. He died in March 1700, aged sixty-five, and was succeeded by his eldest son, William Hog of Harcarse.

J. A. Hamilton, rev. Derek John Patrick

Sources  

G. Brunton and D. Haig, An historical account of the senators of the college of justice, from its institution in MDXXXII (1832) · M. D. Young, ed., The parliaments of Scotland: burgh and shire commissioners, 1 (1992) · D. M. Walker, The Scottish jurists (1985) · Anderson, Scot. nat. · APS, 1670–86; 1689–95 · J. Lauder, ed., The decisions of the lords of council and session, 2 vols. (1759–61) · Reg. PCS, 3rd ser., vol. 8