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Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792–1867), historian and lawyer, was born on 29 December 1792 at Kenley, Shropshire, in the parsonage of his father, Archibald Alison (1757–1839), son of Patrick Alison, lord provost of Edinburgh. The elder Archibald married in 1784 Dorothea (...

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Bell, George Joseph (1770–1843), jurist and legal writer, was born on 26 March 1770 at Fountainbridge near Edinburgh, the third of the four sons of Revd William Bell (1704–1779), a Scottish Episcopal clergyman, and his wife, Margaret Morrice. His eldest brother, Robert Bell...

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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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Burnett, James, Lord Monboddo (bap. 1714, d. 1799), judge and philosopher, was born at Monboddo, near Fordoun, Kincardineshire, and baptized on 25 October 1714. He was the eldest surviving son of James Burnett (b. 1688), third laird of Monboddo, and Elizabeth (1690–1765)...

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Fairbairn, Sir Nicholas Hardwick (1933–1995), lawyer and politician, was born on 24 December 1933 at 18 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh, the third surviving child and younger son of (William) Ronald Dodds Fairbairn (1889–1964), psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1952)...

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Lomax, Eric Sutherland (1919–2012), prisoner of war and author, was born on 30 May 1919 at 11 Bedford Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh, the only child of John Lomax (1878–1950), post office clerk, later post office manager, formerly a Stockport pawnbroker's assistant, and his wife, ...

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Murray, William, first earl of Mansfield (1705–1793), judge and politician, was born on 2 March 1705 at his ancestral home, Scone Abbey, later to be known as Scone Palace, near Perth, the fourth son among the fourteen children (six brothers and eight sisters) of ...

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Shaw, Charles James Dalrymple, Baron Kilbrandon (1906–1989), judge, was born on 15 August 1906 in Martnaham, near Maybole, Ayrshire, the only son and second of three children of James Edward Shaw, of High Greenan by Ayr, solicitor and county clerk of Ayrshire, and his wife, ...