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Anstruther, Sir Alexander (1769–1819), judge and legal writer, was born on 10 September 1769, the second son of Sir Robert Anstruther, third baronet (1733–1818), of Balcaskie, Fife, and his wife, Lady Janet Erskine (d. 1770), youngest daughter of the fifth earl of Kellie...

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Bellenden, Sir John, of Auchnoul [of Auchinoul] (d. 1576), judge and legal writer, was the eldest son of Thomas Bellenden of Auchinoul (d. 1546), director of the king's chancery and justice clerk; his mother's name is unknown. He had two brothers, Patrick Bellenden...

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G. W. T. Omond

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Guthrie, William (1835–1908), legal writer, born at Culhorn House, Stranraer, on 17 August 1835, was the eldest son of George Guthrie of Appleby, writer and factor to the earl of Stair, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Robert McDonall. He was educated at ...

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Macpherson, Sir John Molesworth (1853–1914), administrator and legislative draftsman in India, was born in Calcutta on 8 August 1853. He was the elder son of John Macpherson MD (1817–1890), of the East India Company's medical service, and nephew of Samuel Charters Macpherson (1806–1860)...

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Welwood, William (fl. 1566–1624), legal writer and mathematician, was the eldest son of Thomas Welwood (d. 1583), a prominent merchant burgess of St Andrews, and his wife, Janet Geddie (d. 1616); he had at least four sisters and three brothers. He matriculated at ...

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A. H. Millar

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Wilson, John Dove (1833–1908), legal writer, was born at Linton, Roxburghshire, on 21 July 1833 and baptized (in an Episcopal chapel) on 7 October that year, the son of Charles Wilson, doctor, of Kelso (afterwards of Edinburgh), and his wife, Elizabeth Dove...