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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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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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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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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 ...

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Dallas, George, of St Martins (c. 1636–1701), lawyer, was a younger son of William Dallas of Budyett, Nairnshire, by his first marriage. He was apprenticed to John Bayne of Pitcairly, writer to the signet, described by Dallas as 'a great penman in his age, and so known...

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James Dalrymple, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695) by Sir John Baptiste de Medina photograph by kind permission of The National Trust for Scotland

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Dalrymple, James, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), lawyer and politician, was born in May 1619 at Drummurchie in Ayrshire, the only child of James Dalrymple of Drummurchie (d. 1625) and of Janet (d. 1664), daughter of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw. His father was the second son of ...

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Dalrymple, Sir John, of Cousland [afterwards Sir John Hamilton-Macgill-Dalrymple], fourth baronet (1726–1810), lawyer and historian, was the eldest son of Sir William Dalrymple of Cousland, third baronet (1704–1771), advocate, and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1755), daughter of William Crawford of ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Davidson, John (c. 1724–1797), antiquary and lawyer, was the son of James Davidson of Haltree, an Edinburgh bookseller, and Elizabeth, sister of William Brown, Church of Scotland minister, also of Edinburgh. He was educated for the law, being apprenticed to George Balfour, writer to the ...

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Dobie, William Jardine (1892–1956), lawyer, judge, and author, was born on 21 March 1892 at 133 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, the elder son of John Dobie, an Edinburgh solicitor, and his wife, Agnes Ballantyne. Even as a young schoolboy it seems that Dobie was intent on following his father's profession and, after his schooling at ...

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Dundas, John (fl. 1698–1731), lawyer, was the second son of James Dundas (third son of George Dundas of Dundas) and Elizabeth, daughter of John Haliburton of Garvock. It is possible, but far from certain, that he was the John Dundas who matriculated as a law student at ...