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Adam, William (1751–1839), politician and advocate, was born on 2 August 1751, the son of John Adam (1721–1792), architect, of Blair Adam, Kinross-shire, and Jean (1721–1795), daughter of John Ramsay of Woodstone, Kincardineshire; he was the nephew of the architects Robert and James Adam...

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William Adam (1751–1839) by Sir Henry Raeburn photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Baillie, James (bap. 1672, d. 1744), advocate, was baptized on 26 April 1672, the son of William Baillie of Glenlewin (d. 1714), advocate, and Eupham(ia) Watson (d. before 1682). His father's uncle was a Baillie of Lamington in Lanarkshire, which family had produced at least one judge, ...

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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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David Boyle, Lord Shewalton (1772–1853) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, exh. RA 1848 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Boyle, David, Lord Shewalton (1772–1853), advocate, was born on 26 July 1772 at Irvine, Ayrshire, the fourth son of Patrick Boyle (1717–1798), of Shewalton, army chaplain and landowner, and of his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1832), daughter of Alexander Dunlop (1684–1747), professor of Greek at the ...

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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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Dickson, William Gillespie (1823–1876), advocate and legal writer, was born on 9 April 1823, the second son of Henry Gordon Dickson, writer to the signet in Edinburgh. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Edinburgh University, and destined for the legal profession. On 9 March 1847 he was admitted a member of the ...

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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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See Erskine, Charles, Lord Tinwald

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

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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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Glassford, James (1771–1845), advocate and legal writer, was born on 12 February 1771, the son of John Glassford (1715–1783) of Dougalston, and his third wife, Lady Margaret Mackenzie (d. 1773), sixth daughter of George Mackenzie, third earl of Cromarty. He was admitted as a member of the faculty of advocates on 3 December 1793, and was sheriff-depute of ...