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George Joseph Bell (1770–1843) by Sir Henry Raeburn, 1816 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery


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...


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 ...


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, ...