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Balfour, John Blair, first Baron Kinross (1837–1905), advocate and politician, born at Clackmannan on 11 July 1837, was the second son (in a family of two sons and a daughter) of Peter Balfour (1794–1862), parish minister of that place, and his wife, Jane Ramsay (...

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Bayne, Alexander, of Rires (c. 1684–1737), advocate and jurist, was the eldest son of John Bayne of Logie (d. in or before 1700), sheriff-clerk of Fife, and his wife, Cecilia Gibson (fl. 1670–1705), daughter of John Gibson of Durie and Elizabeth...

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Brand, Sir David (1837–1908), advocate and local politician, was born in Glasgow on 27 December 1837, the eldest son of Robert Brand, a linen merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Thomson. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and the universities of ...

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John Dalrymple, first earl of Stair (1648–1707) by Sir John Baptiste de Medina photograph by kind permission of The National Trust for Scotland

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Dalrymple, John, first earl of Stair (1648–1707), politician and lord advocate, was the eldest son of James Dalrymple, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), and Margaret Ross (d. 1692), widow of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw, and daughter of James Ross of Balneil. Among his brothers were ...

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Dundas, Robert, Lord Arniston (1685–1753), politician and advocate, was born on 9 December 1685, the second son of Robert Dundas, whose judicial title was also Lord Arniston (d. 1726), and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Sinclair of Stevenson. Following a period spent at the ...

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Erskine, John, of Carnock (1695–1768), advocate and jurist, was born on 4 November 1695 at Stirling Castle, the eldest surviving son of the six sons and single daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Erskine of Carnock (1662–1743), son of David Erskine, second Lord Cardross, and his second wife, ...

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Thomas Erskine of Linlathen (1788–1870) attrib. Charles Baillod Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer to the signet, who died in Naples on 5 April 1791, and Ann Graham (...

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Fletcher, Archibald (1746–1828), advocate and political reformer, was born at Pooble in Glenlyon, Perthshire, the first of the six children of Angus Fletcher, a tacksman, and his second wife, Grace M'Naughton. He was educated at the grammar school of Kenmore, Breadalbane, and the high school of ...

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Grant, James, of Corrimony (1743–1835), advocate, was born on 13 April 1743 at his great-aunt's house of Rothiemurchus, Inverness-shire, the eldest of twelve children of Alexander Grant of Corrimony (1715/16–1797) and his wife, Jean Ogilvie. His father fought and was severely wounded at ...

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Hepburn, Robert (1690?–1716), advocate and essayist, was born at Bearford, near Haddington, Haddingtonshire, the son of Robert Hepburn. Like many Scots at the time he studied law in the Netherlands, probably at the University of Leiden, returning in 1710 to pursue a legal career in ...

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David Milne Home [David Milne] (1805–1890) by unknown artist Edinburgh Meteorological Office archives

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Home, David Milne [formerly David Milne] (1805–1890), advocate and scientist, was born on 22 January 1805 at Inveresk, Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, the elder son of Admiral Sir David Milne (1763–1845) and his first wife, Grace Purves (1776?–1814). The naval officer Sir Alexander Milne, ...

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Sir John Hope, Lord Craighall (1603x55–1654) by George Jamesone private collection; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hope, Sir John, Lord Craighall (1603x5–1654), advocate, was the eldest son of Thomas, later Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, Fife (1573–1646), lord advocate, and Elizabeth (d. 1660), daughter of John Bennet of Wallyford, near Haddington; Sir Thomas Hope (1606–1643) and Sir James Hope (1614–1661)...

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Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, first baronet (1573–1646) by George Jamesone, 1627 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hope, Sir Thomas, of Craighall, first baronet (1573–1646), advocate and politician, was the son of Henry Hope, an Edinburgh merchant of French descent, and his wife, Jacqueline de Tott (or de Jott). The couple witnessed the St Bartholomew's day massacre of Huguenots in ...