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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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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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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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Dunlop, Alexander Colquhoun-Stirling-Murray- (1798–1870), lawyer and politician, was born in Keppoch, Dunbartonshire, on 27 December 1798, the son of Alexander Dunlop (1766–1840), of Keppoch, and his second wife, Margaret Colquhoun (1768–1818), of Kenmure, Lanarkshire, eldest daughter of William Colquhoun. Dunlop's half-brothers were John Dunlop...

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Erskine, Henry (1746–1817), lawyer and politician, was born at Gray's Close, Edinburgh, on 1 November 1746, the third son of Henry David Erskine, tenth earl of Buchan (1710–1767), and of his wife, Agnes (1717–1778); she was the second daughter of Sir James Steuart, ...

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Henry Erskine (1746–1817) by James Ward (after Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1805) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Haldane, Patrick (1683/4–1769), lawyer and politician, was the second son of John Haldane of Gleneagles (1660–1721) and his wife, Mary (d. 1685), daughter of David Drummond, third Lord Madderty, and Lady Beatrix Graham. He came from an ancient family, settled at Gleneagles...

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Thomas Hamilton, earl of Melrose and first earl of Haddington (1563–1637) after Adam de Colone, 1624 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hamilton, Thomas, earl of Melrose and first earl of Haddington (1563–1637), lawyer and politician, was the eldest son of Thomas Hamilton of Priestfield (fl. 1547–1610) and his first wife, Elizabeth Heriot (fl. 1558–1563).

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Hill, Sir Alexander Galloway Erskine-, first baronet (1894–1947), lawyer and politician, was born Alexander Galloway Erskine Hill on 3 April 1894 at Garnreth House, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, the eldest of the three children of Robert Alexander Hill (1870–1931), solicitor and broker, and his wife, ...

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Maconochie, Alexander [later Alexander Maconochie-Welwood], Lord Meadowbank (1777–1861), lawyer and politician, was born on 2 March 1777; he was the eldest son of Allan Maconochie (bap. 1748, d. 1816), judge and author, and his wife, Elizabeth, third daughter of Robert Welwood of ...

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McLaren, John, Lord McLaren (1831–1910), lawyer and politician, was born in Edinburgh on 17 April 1831, the only son of Duncan McLaren (1800–1886), draper and radical politician, and his first wife, Grant (d. 1833), daughter of William Aitken, a merchant in Dunbar...

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Duncan McNeill, Baron Colonsay and Oronsay (1793–1874) by John Phillip, 1866 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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McNeill, Duncan, Baron Colonsay and Oronsay (1793–1874), lawyer and politician, was born on 20 August 1793, either on the island of Colonsay or on neighbouring Oronsay, Argyll. He was the second, but eldest surviving, son of John McNeill (1767–1846), owner of the islands, agriculturist, and breeder of highland cattle, and his wife, ...

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Moncreiff, James Wellwood, first Baron Moncreiff of Tulliebole (1811–1895), lawyer and politician, was born at Edinburgh on 29 November 1811, the second of the eight children of Sir James Wellwood Moncreiff, ninth baronet (1776–1851), lawyer, and Ann (d. 1843), daughter of George Robertson...

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Alexander Ure, first Baron Strathclyde (1853–1928) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ure, Alexander, first Baron Strathclyde (1853–1928), lawyer and politician, was the second son of John Ure of Cairndhu, Helensburgh, merchant and a distinguished lord provost of Glasgow, and his wife, Isabella, daughter of John Gibb of Glasgow. He was born in Glasgow on 24 February 1853, and educated at ...