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Archibald, Sir Adams George (1814–1892), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 3 May 1814 in Truro, Nova Scotia, the second son of Samuel Archibald, a farmer and justice of the peace, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of Matthew Archibald. Following graduation from ...

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G. W. T. Omond

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Asher, Alexander (1834–1905), lawyer and politician, was born at Inveravon, Banffshire, on 27 January 1834, the third son and fifth child in the family of five sons and four daughters of William Asher DD (1791–1874), parish minister of Inveravon, and his wife, Katherine Forbes (...

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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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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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Blease, (Walter) Lyon (1884–1963), barrister and civic activist, was born on 30 May 1884 at 5 Beech Street, Fairfield, Liverpool, the second son and second of three children of Walter Blease (c.1853–1940), chartered accountant, and his wife, Mary Cecilia (d...

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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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Sir Robert Laird Borden (1854–1937) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 Orpen / National Archives of Canada / C-011238

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Borden, Sir Robert Laird (1854–1937), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in Grand Pré, in the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia, on 26 June 1854, the eldest son of Andrew Borden (1816–1900), a farmer and railway station master, and his wife, Eunice Jane (...

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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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Boswell, James (1778–1822), barrister and literary scholar, was born on 15 September 1778 at James's Court, Edinburgh. He was the fourth child and second surviving son of James Boswell (1740–1795) of Auchinleck, advocate, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, and his wife, Margaret...

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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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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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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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Andrew Caldwell (1733–1808) by Robert Woodburn, 1793 by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Caldwell, Andrew (1733–1808), barrister and connoisseur of architecture, was born on 19 December 1733, the eldest of the ten children of Charles Caldwell (1707–1776), solicitor to the commissioners of revenue in Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth (1709–1792), daughter of Benjamin Heywood, merchant, of ...

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Chirwa, Orton Edgar Ching'oli (1919–1992), lawyer and politician in Nyasaland and Malawi, was born near Nkhata Bay, Nyasaland, the son of Yesaya Mafananiso Chirwa (1881–1955) and Maggie Nyamazawo Nyrenda (fl. 1880–1960), both of whom had been seized as children in the last period of Ngoni raiding and brought up in the village of ...