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Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1839 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet, was born on 16 August 1798, the eldest of four children of Peter Anderson (1768–1823), a solicitor in Inverness, and his wife, Jessie Thomson (c.1766–1836). Anderson was educated for seven years at the private boarding-school in ...

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Bell, Robert (c. 1760–1816), lawyer and jurist, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Bell (1704–1779), Scottish Episcopal minister in Edinburgh, and Margaret Morrice, his second wife. Little is known of Bell's early life or schooling, though surviving correspondence of relatives indicates that the family lived in straitened circumstances, especially after the death of ...

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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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Sybil Campbell (1889–1977) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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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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Sir Nicholas Hardwick Fairbairn (1933–1995) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd

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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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Grant, Colquhoun (d. 1792), Jacobite soldier and lawyer, was the son of the farmer of Burnside on the estate of Castle Grant, Inverness-shire. In 1745 he joined the army of Charles Edward Stuart, elder son of the Stuart claimant to the throne, in the highlands and was active in obtaining recruits. According to one account of his exploits during the rising of 1745, he was one of those detached by ...

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Horne, Donald (1787–1870), lawyer and political agent, was born on 20 May 1787 at Stanstill in Caithness, the second son of John Horne (c.1753–1823), of Stirkoke. If, as is likely, he was the Donald Horne baptized at Halkirk, Caithness, on 26 May, his mother was named ...

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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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Spottiswoode, John, of that ilk (1667–1728), lawyer and jurist, was born on 28 November 1667, the son of Alexander Spottiswoode (1636–1675), advocate, designated of Crumstaine in right of his first wife, Isobel, daughter of Sir John Home of Crumstaine in Berwickshire, and his second wife, ...

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Stuart, Alexander John Mackenzie, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart (1924–2000), lawyer and judge, was born at 37 Queen's Road, Aberdeen, on 18 November 1924. He was the only son and elder child of Alexander Mackenzie Stuart KC (d. c.1934) and his wife, Amy Margaret Dean (...

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Young, George, Lord Young (1819–1907), lawyer and politician, was born on 2 July 1819 at Dumfries, the only son of Alexander Young of Rosefield, Kirkcudbrightshire, procurator fiscal of Dumfriesshire, and his wife, Marian, daughter of William Corsan of Dalwhat, Kirkcudbrightshire. He was educated at ...