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Archibald, Sir Adams George (1814–1892), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 3 May 1814 in Truro, Nova Scotia, the second son of Samuel Archibald, a farmer and justice of the peace, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of Matthew Archibald. Following graduation from ...

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G. W. T. Omond

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Asher, Alexander (1834–1905), lawyer and politician, was born at Inveravon, Banffshire, on 27 January 1834, the third son and fifth child in the family of five sons and four daughters of William Asher DD (1791–1874), parish minister of Inveravon, and his wife, Katherine Forbes (...

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Baillie, Charles, Lord Jerviswoode (1804–1879), lawyer and politician, was born at Mellerstain, Berwickshire, on 3 November 1804, the second son of George Baillie of Mellerstain, Berwickshire, and of Jerviswoode, Lanarkshire, and his wife, Mary, the youngest daughter of Sir James Pringle, baronet, of ...

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Emma Vincent Macleod

Bonar, John (1747–1807), lawyer, was born on 22 or 24 August 1747 at Cockpen, near Dalkeith, the eldest of the ten children of John Bonar (1721–1761), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Christian Currier (1724–1771), daughter of Andrew Currier, writer to the signet, of ...

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Sir Robert Laird Borden (1854–1937) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 Orpen / National Archives of Canada / C-011238

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Borden, Sir Robert Laird (1854–1937), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in Grand Pré, in the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia, on 26 June 1854, the eldest son of Andrew Borden (1816–1900), a farmer and railway station master, and his wife, Eunice Jane (...

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Borthwick, David (d. 1581), lawyer, was the eldest son of the Haddington burgess David Borthwick. A determinant at St Leonard's College, St Andrews, in 1525, he became a burgess of Haddington in July 1531 and within months was one of the bailies of the burgh. He accompanied ...

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James Boswell (1740–1795) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Bruce, Alexander (d. 1729), lawyer, was the second son of Andrew Bruce (d. 1696) of Earlshall, Fife, and his cousin and second wife, Anna, daughter of Robert Bruce, minister of Ballingry, Fife, and Anna, daughter of George Seaton. He may have been the ...

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Bruce, Edward, first Lord Kinloss and first Baron Bruce of Kinloss (1548/9–1611), lawyer and administrator, was the second son of Sir Edward Bruce of Blairhall, Clackmannanshire (1505–1565), and his wife, Alison, daughter of William Reid of Aitkenhead, Clackmannanshire; he was thus a nephew of ...

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B. C. Skottowe

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Buchanan, William (1781–1863), lawyer, was born in Montrose, the son of David Buchanan (1745–1812), printer and publisher; his brothers were David Buchanan (1779–1848), editor of the Edinburgh Courant, and George Buchanan (c. 1790–1852), civil engineer. William Buchanan was educated at Edinburgh University; he studied law and was called to the ...

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Chirwa, Orton Edgar Ching'oli (1919–1992), lawyer and politician in Nyasaland and Malawi, was born near Nkhata Bay, Nyasaland, the son of Yesaya Mafananiso Chirwa (1881–1955) and Maggie Nyamazawo Nyrenda (fl. 1880–1960), both of whom had been seized as children in the last period of Ngoni raiding and brought up in the village of ...

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W. G. Blaikie

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Connell, Sir John (1765–1831), lawyer and judge, was born in Glasgow on 4 September 1765, one of at least five sons of Arthur Connell (1717-1775), and his wife, Magdalen Wallace. His father, a West India merchant in Glasgow, commanded a company of the ...

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Craig, Sir James Gibson, first baronet (1765–1850), lawyer and politician, was born on 11 October 1765 in St John Street, Edinburgh, the second son of the ten children of William Gibson (d. 1807), banker or merchant, and his wife, Mary Cecilia (...

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Craig, Thomas (1538?–1608), lawyer and jurist, was the eldest of the five sons of Robert Craig (d. 1575), merchant burgess of Edinburgh, and Katherine Bellenden (fl. 1528–1578), probably the daughter of Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoul, justice-clerk and senator of the ...

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See Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton]

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

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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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Cunningham, Sir John, first baronet (d. 1684), lawyer, was the eldest son of John Cunningham of Brownhill, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Sinclair of Ratter. He was admitted an advocate on 25 January 1656 and readmitted on 5 June 1661. On 31 January 1661 he was appointed to plead the case of the ...