SCOTTISH LORDS OF SESSION
(SENATORS OF THE COLLEGE OF JUSTICE IN SCOTLAND)
 
The Court of Session, founded in 1532, is the supreme civil
court of Scotland. The Court was divided into two houses in
1810 - the Inner House and the Outer House, The Inner House
acts as a Court of Appeal, while the Outer House acts as a 
Court of First Instance, and may also have appeals referred to
it by the Inner House.
The Inner House is, in turn, divided into two divisions - the
First Division, headed by the Lord President of the Court of
Session, and the Second Division, headed by the Lord Justice
Clerk. Senators have often been promoted from the Outer
House into the Inner House.
On appointment to the College of Justice, a Senator takes a
judicial title, which is retained for life. Although styled 'Lord/
Lady', Senators of the College of Justice are not peers, 
although some Senators have been created peers either
before, during or after their terms in office.
Until 1721, a substantial number of Extraordinary Lords of
Session were appointed. Sorting out whether some of the
early Lords of Session were appointed as Ordinary or
Extraordinary Lords has been extremely difficult, but I have
relied on such authorities as I could obtain.
Last updated 04/12/2014
Date   Judicial Title Name Born Died Age
EXTRAORDINARY LORDS OF SESSION
27 May 1532   Gavin Dunbar,Archbishop of Glasgow 30 Apr 1547
27 May 1532   Alexander Milne,Abbot of Cambuskenneth c late 1548
[Lord President 1532-1543]
27 May 1532   Richard Bothwell,Rector of Eskirk 1547
27 May 1532   John Dingwell,Provost of Trinity College by Jul 1533
27 May 1532   Henry White,Rector of Finevin and Dean of Brechin
27 May 1532   William Gibson,Dean of Restalrig
27 May 1532   Thomas Hay,Dean of Dunbar c 1542
27 May 1532   Robert Reid,Abbot of Kinloss,later Bishop of Orkney 15 Sep 1558
[Lord President 1543-1558]
27 May 1532   George Ker,Provost of Dunglas
27 Jun 1532 Alexander Stewart,Bishop of Moray 1534
27 Jun 1532   William Stewart,Bishop of Aberdeen 1479 17 Apr 1545 65
27 Jun 1532 John Hay,Lord Hay of Yester 1543
27 Jun 1532 John Lindsay,Lord Lindsay 17 Dec 1563
27 Jun 1532 William Herries,Lord Herries 26 Sep 1543
16 Nov 1532   James Beaton,Archbishop of St.Andrews 1539
16 Nov 1532   George Leslie,Earl of Rothes 28 Nov 1558
16 Nov 1532 John Erskine,Lord Erskine 1552
21 Mar 1533   Henry Wemyss,Bishop of Galloway c Jun 1541
17 Nov 1533   George Crichton,Bishop of Dunkeld 24 Jan 1545
17 Nov 1533 Robert Cairncross,Abbot of Holyroodhouse,later Bishop of Ross Apr 1544
17 Nov 1533 James Stewart,Abbot of Dryburgh c Oct 1539
17 Nov 1533 Alexander Hamilton,Abbot of Kilwinning
17 Nov 1533 Robert Maxwell,Lord Maxwell c 1493 9 Jul 1546
17 Nov 1533   William Ruthven,Lord Ruthven 1552
17 Nov 1533 Hugh Somerville,Lord Somerville c 1484 1549
17 Nov 1533 George Seton,Lord Seton 17 Jul 1549
17 Nov 1533 Finnart Sir James Hamilton Aug 1540
13 Dec 1533   William Preston,Parson of Belton
13 Dec 1533   John Waddell,Parson of Flisk
16 Jul 1534 James Hay,Bishop of Ross
22 Jun 1535   Arthur Boyce,Chancellor of Brechin
 
2 Jul 1541   William Keith,Earl Marischal 7 Oct 1581
13 Dec 1543   David Beaton,Archbishop of St.Andrews 1494 29 May 1546 51
5 Nov 1544 Alexander Livingston,Lord Livingston c 1550
5 Nov 1544 James Ogilvy,Lord Ogilvy of Airlie by 1549
5 Nov 1544 John Stewart,Lord Innermeath
10 Jun 1546   George Gordon,Earl of Huntly 1513 28 Oct 1562 49
31 Jul 1546 Gilbert Kennedy,Earl of Cassilis 1515 28 Nov 1558 43
31 Jul 1546 Henry Stewart,Lord Methven c 1497 c 1555
1 Apr 1549 Pittendreich Sir George Douglas
13 Sep 1550 Dunnipace Alexander Livingstone Nov 1560
15 Nov 1550 Provand William Baillie   [Lord President 1566-1593] 26 May 1593
15 Nov 1550   John Stevenson,Precentor of Glasgow by Jan 1564
14 Mar 1551 Lethington Sir Richard Maitland  (to 1584) 1496 20 Mar 1586 89
19 Jan 1555   Gavin Hamilton,Abbot of Kilwinning 16 Jun 1571
12 Nov 1561 Pittendreich Sir James Balfour c 1583
12 Nov 1561   William Maitland c 1525 Jun 1573
9 Dec 1562   Tilliedavy John Wood c 1568
7 Jan 1563   James Douglas,Earl of Morton 2 Jun 1581
14 Jan 1564   Adam Bothwell,Bishop of Orkney  (to 1593) 23 Aug 1593
13 Nov 1565 Archibald Douglas,Parson of Glasgow  (Ordinary 2 Jun 1568?) after 1586
26 Nov 1565   Alexander Gordon,Bishop of Galloway 1576
14 Jan 1566   Edward Henryson by 1591
20 Mar 1566   George Gordon,Earl of Huntly May 1576
19 Nov 1567 Pittarrow Sir John Wishart after 1574
20 Apr 1569 Mark Kerr,Commendator of Newbottle 1584
30 Sep 1570   John Lyon,Lord Glamis 17 Mar 1578
17 Jan 1573   Archibald Campbell,Earl of Argyll     c 1532 12 Sep 1575
24 Oct 1573 Robert Boyd,Lord Boyd 3 Jan 1589
29 Mar 1578   John Stewart,Earl of Athole 24 Apr 1579
8 May 1578 Patrick Gray,Master of Gray,later Lord Gray 1609
25 Nov 1578 William Ruthven,Lord Ruthven,later Earl of Gowrie c 1545 28 May 1584
16 Aug 1579   Colin Campbell,Earl of Argyll    Oct 1584
10 Dec 1583   James Stewart,Earl of Arran 1596
23 Jan 1584 James Stewart,Lord Doune 20 Jul 1590
12 May 1584 John Graham,Earl of Montrose  (to 1596) 1548 9 Nov 1608 60
12 Nov 1584 Mark Kerr,Commendator of Newbottle,later Earl of Lothian 8 Apr 1609
27 Jan 1586   Alexander Seton,Prior of Pluscardine, later Lord Fyvie and 16 Jun 1622
Earl of Dunfermline   [Lord President 1593-1604]
9 Feb 1586   Sir Thomas Lyon 18 Feb 1608
17 Feb 1588 Barns Sir John Seton  (to 1594) 25 May 1594
4 Jul 1588 Ormiston Sir John Cockburn   [Lord Justice Clerk 1591-1623]
9 Nov 1592   Thomas Hamilton,later Earl of Haddington 1563 29 May 1637 73
[Lord President 1616-1625]
28 May 1593   William Stewart,Commendator of Blantyre,later Lord Blantyre 8 Mar 1617
11 Jun 1594 Sir Robert Melville,later Lord Melville  (to 1601) 1547 Dec 1621 74
19 May 1596 Peter Rollock,Bishop of Dunkeld c 1626
17 May 1599 Alexander Elphinstone,Master of Elphinstone,later
Lord Elphinstone 28 May 1552 11 Jan 1638 85
26 Feb 1601 Burntisland Sir Robert Melville,later Lord Melville    19 Mar 1635  
22 Dec 1608 Medhope Sir Alexander Drummond  (to 1619)
30 Jan 1610 John Spottiswood,Archbishop of Glasgow 1565 25 Nov 1639 74
30 Jan 1610 Alexander Livingston,later Earl of Linlithgow c 1650
26 Mar 1616   Sir George Hay,later Earl of Kinnoul   (to 1622) 1572 16 Dec 1634 62
5 Jul 1616 Carnegie David Carnegie,Lord Carnegie,later Earl of Southesk  (to 1626) 1575 Feb 1658 82
1 Feb 1620 John Erskine,Lord Erskine,later Earl of Mar c 1585 1654
12 Jul 1622 New Abbey Sir Robert Spottiswood  [Ordinary Lord of Session 14 Feb 1626] 1596 16 Jan 1646 49
25 Nov 1623   Archibald Napier,later Lord Napier of Merchistoun c 1575 Nov 1645
14 Feb 1626 Glencairney Sir Archibald Acheson  (to 1631)
2 Jun 1626 Patrick Lindsay,Bishop of Ross,later Archbishop of Glasgow 1566 1644 78
8 Nov 1628 William Graham,Earl of Menteith  (to 1633) 1589 c 1662
8 Nov 1628 Sir Andrew Kerr  (to 1629)
14 Jan 1629 Scotstarvet Sir John Scot  (Ordinary Lord from 28 Jul 1632) 1670
10 Nov 1630 John Stewart,Earl of Traquair c 1600 27 Mar 1659
28 Jul 1631   William Alexander,Viscount Stirling,later Earl of Stirling  (to 1631) c 1576 12 Feb 1640
8 Jan 1633 Barro Sir John Hay  (to 1634)
4 Dec 1633 John Maxwell,Bishop of Ross
14 Jan 1634 Archibald Campbell.Lord Lorne,later Marquess of Argyll        1597 27 May 1661 63
27 Jan 1635 William Alexander,Lord Alexander of Tullibody  (to 1639) c 1567 Feb 1640
9 Feb 1639 Archibald Douglas,Earl of Angus c 1609 15 Apr 1655
2 Oct 1641   John Campbell,Earl of Loudoun 1598 15 Mar 1663 64
13 Nov 1641 John Lindsay,Lord Lindsay,later Earl of Crawford c 1598 1678
13 Nov 1641 John Elphinstone,Lord Balmerinoch  (to 1649) 28 Feb 1649
7 Jun 1649 James Elphinstone,Lord Coupar c 1590 Jan 1669
3 Jul 1649 John Kennedy,Earl of Cassilis Apr 1668
19 Jan 1661   William Cunningham,Earl of Glencairn c 1610 30 May 1664
1 Jun 1661 John Leslie,Earl of Rothes,later Duke of Rothes 1630 27 Jul 1681 51
1 Jun 1661 John Maitland,Earl of Lauderdale,later Duke of Lauderdale 24 May 1616 24 Aug 1682 66
1 Jun 1661   Sir John Gilmour   [Lord President 1661-1671]
15 Jul 1662 John Middleton,Earl of Middleton c 1617 1673
2 Jun 1664 John Hay,Earl of Tweeddale,later Marquess of Tweeddale 1626 11 Aug 1697 71
4 Nov 1664 Alexander Burnet,Archbishop of Glasgow 1614 22 Aug 1684 70
10 Jul 1667 Alexander Bruce,Earl of Kincardine c 1629 9 Jul 1680
25 Jun 1668 James Graham,Marquess of Montrose 1633 Feb 1669 35
2 Nov 1669 Charles Seton,Earl of Dunfermline 11 May 1673
14 Jan 1673 John Murray,Earl of Atholl,later Marquess of Atholl 2 May 1631  7 May 1703 72
11 Jul 1674 Archibald Campbell,Earl of Argyll     c 1625 30 Jun 1685
19 Nov 1680 Alexander Stuart,Earl of Moray 8 May 1634 1 Nov 1701 67
1 Nov 1681 William Douglas,Earl of Queensberry,later Duke of Queensberry 1637 28 Mar 1695 57
16 Nov 1682 James Drummond,Earl of Perth 7 Jul 1648 11 May 1716 67
15 Jul 1684 Charles Middleton,Earl of Middleton
27 Mar 1686 Patrick Lyon,Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne 29 May 1643 15 May 1695 51
14 Sep 1686 William Hamilton,Duke of Hamilton 24 Dec 1635 18 Apr 1694 58
23 Nov 1693 William Johnston,Earl of Annandale,later Marquess of Annandale 17 Feb 1664 14 Jan 1721 56
28 Nov 1693 Patrick Hume,Lord Polwarth,later Earl of Marchmont 13 Jan 1641 2 Aug 1724 83
14 Dec 1694 Archibald Campbell,Marquess of Argyll,later Duke of Argyll 21 Oct 1703
26 Jun 1696 James Douglas,Duke of Queensberry 18 Sep 1662 6 Jul 1711 48
1699 Hugh Campbell,Earl of Loudoun 20 Nov 1731
1 Nov 1702 James Ogilvy,Earl of Findlater and Seafield 11 Jul 1663 19 Aug 1730 67
20 Jun 1704 John Campbell,Duke of Argyll 10 Oct 1680  4 Oct 1743 62
17 Oct 1704 John Hay,Marquess of Tweeddale 1645 20 Apr 1713 67
1 Jun 1708 Archibald Campbell,Earl of Ilay,later Duke of Argyll    Jun 1682 15 Apr 1761 78
7 Nov 1712 John Murray,Duke of Atholl 24 Feb 1660 14 Nov 1724 64
7 Mar 1721 John Hay,Marquess of Tweeddale  [the last Extraordinary c 1695 9 Dec 1762
Lord of Session to be appointed]
ORDINARY LORDS OF SESSION
27 May 1532 Balwerie William Scott by Nov 1532
27 May 1532 Lundie Sir John Campbell early 1563
27 May 1532 Easter Wemyss Sir James Colville by Jan 1541
27 May 1532 Auldhame Adam Otterburn   [Lord Justice Clerk 1537] 1548
27 May 1532 Oxengangs Nicolas Crawford   [Lord Justice Clerk 1524-1537]
27 May 1532 Francis Bothwell after 1535
27 May 1532 James Lawson after 1534
27 May 1532 Collington James Foulis by Feb 1549
19 Nov 1532 Abbotshall Thomas Scott   [Lord Justice Clerk 1537-1539] 1539
19 May 1533 St.John Walter Lindsay after Dec 1545
15 Nov 1533 Brechin Sir Thomas Erskine by Mar 1543
22 Jun 1535 Achinoul Thomas Bannatyne 1546
7 Nov 1537 Robert Galbraith,Parson of Spot 1543
13 Nov 1537 Henry Sinclair,Bishop of Ross   [Lord President 1558-1565] 1508 1 Jan 1565 56
31 Jul 1538 Hall Hill Henry Balnaves   [Lord Justice Clerk 1540-1547] after 1575
10 Dec 1538 John Letham,Rector of Killcryst
2 Mar 1540 St. Germain's Henry Lauder 19 Jul 1561
27 Apr 1540 John Sinclair,Rector of Snaw,later Bishop of Brechin Apr 1566
[Lord President 1565-1566]
27 Apr 1540 William Lamb,Rector of Conveth
2 Jul 1541 George Durie,Abbot of Dunfermline 27 Jan 1561
2 Jul 1541 Donald Campbell,Abbot of Coupar 1562
2 Jul 1541 Andrew Durie,Abbot of Melrose,later Bishop of Galloway Sep 1558
30 Jan 1542 John Gladstanes after 1557
5 Nov 1544 John Hamilton,Archbishop of St.Andrews 5 Apr 1571
5 Nov 1544 John,Abbot of Lindores after 1560
5 Nov 1544 William,Abbot of Culross after 1560
5 Nov 1544 John Rowle,Prior of Pittenweem 1553
5 Nov 1544 Unthank Thomas Wemyss sfter 1549
15 Mar 1546 George Hay,Parson of Renfrew by Jan 1555
25 May 1546 Sanquhar Sir William Hamilton by Nov 1561
31 Jul 1546 William Chisholm,Bishop of Dunblane 1564
4 Jul 1547 Kinnaird Sir Robert Carnegie 5 Jan 1566
4 Jul 1547 Auchinoul Sir John Bellenden  (to 1576)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1547-1576] 1 Oct 1576
17 Feb 1548 Abraham Creighton,Provost of Dunglass by Nov 1565
8 Feb 1549 Ratho Thomas Marjoribanks after 1554
15 Jan 1554 James Scott,Provost of Corstophine 1563
20 Aug 1554 Rankeilor Nether James Macgill  (to 1579) late 1579
16 Aug 1560 Archibald Dunbar,Dean of Moray 15 Jul 1593
12 Nov 1561 Condie John Spens 1573
19 Jan 1564 John Leslie,Parson of Oyne,later Bishop of Ross 29 Sep 1527 3 May 1596 68
14 Dec 1564 Robert Maitland,Dean of Aberdeen  (to 1576) after 1578
26 Jan 1565 Ormond David Chalmers 1592
26 Apr 1566 Archibald Craufurd,Parson of Eglishame after 1568
2 Jun 1568 Robert Pitcairne,Commendator of Dunfermline   (to 1584) c 1520 18 Oct 1584
2 Jun 1568 Thirlstane John Maitland,later Lord Maitland  (to 1587) 1545 3 Oct 1595 50
2 Jun 1568 Archibald Douglas,Parson of Glasgow after 1586
20 Oct 1570 Clifton Hall Thomas Macalzean 5 Jun 1581
Jan 1572 Robert Pont,Provost of Trinity College  (to 1584) 1529 8 May 1608 78
20 Oct 1573 Lochill David Borthwick  (to 1581) Jan 1581
9 Jul 1575 Segie James Meldrum 15 Feb 1588
21 Oct 1575 Whittinghame William Douglas  (to 1590) after 1590
26 Oct 1575 Alexander Colvill,Abbot of Culross 1597
11 Jan 1576 Barnbarrow Patrick Vans 22 Jul 1597
20 Apr 1577 Newtyle Thomas Bellenden  (to 1591) 31 Aug 1540 13 Aug 1591 50
20 Oct 1579 Easter Kennet Alexander Hay  (to 1594) 19 Sep 1594
1 Feb 1581 Elliock Robert Creighton  (to 1582) Jun 1582
5 Jul 1581 John Lindsay,Parson of Menmure 3 Sep 1598
27 Jun 1582 Cranston Riddell David Macgill 13 Feb 1596
23 May 1584 Hallyards John Graham 9 Nov 1608
1 Jul 1584 Auchinoul Sir Lewis Bellenden  (to 1591)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1577-1591] 1591
24 Nov 1584 John Bartane,Dean of Dunkeld after 1586
6 Mar 1587 Innernochtie James Elphinstone,later Lord Balmerinoch  (to 1609) 21 Jun 1612
[Lord President 1605-1609]
2 Jun 1587 John Colvill,Precentor of Glasgow 1607
14 Aug 1587 William Melville,Commendator of Tungland  (to 1613) 1613
8 Aug 1590 Whittinghame Archibald Douglas  (to 1618) after 1621
14 Aug 1591 Newtyle Thomas Bellenden
11 Nov 1591 Clerkintoun Richard Cockburne late 1626
26 Nov 1591 Myrecairnie Andrew Wemyss
2 Jul 1593 John Bothwell,later Lord Holyroodhouse  (to 1609) 26 Nov 1609
30 Nov 1594 Currie Hill John Skene  (to 1612) c 1549 1612
12 Mar 1595 Fenton Barns John Preston   [Lord President 1609-1616] 14 Jun 1616
28 May 1597 Cranston Riddell David Macgill 10 May 1607
2 Dec 1597 Kinloss Edward Bruce,later Lord Kinloss  (to 1604) 14 Jan 1611
2 Mar 1598 Edzell Sir David Lindsay  (to 1611) 18 Jan 1611
25 Feb 1604 Fosterseat Alexander Hay after 1629
25 Feb 1604 Wright's Land Sir Lewis Craig  (to 1622) 1569 by Jun 1622
29 May 1607 Prestonfield Thomas Hamilton  (to 1608)
30 Jun 1608 Redhouse Sir Andrew Hamilton  (to 1637) 1637
6 Jun 1609 Kilsyth Sir William Livingston  (to 1627) 1627
3 Feb 1610 Newton Sir Alexander Hay 1616
16 Jan 1611 Newton William Oliphant 1 Apr 1628
12 Jun 1612 Curriehill Sir James Skene   [Lord President 1626-1633] 15 Oct 1633
2 Nov 1613 Elibank Sir Gideon Murray  (to 1621) 28 Jun 1621
15 Mar 1617 Innerteil Sir George Erskine  (to 1646) by Jul 1646
5 Jun 1618 John Maitland, Viscount Lauderdale,later Earl of Lauderdale 18 Jan 1645
(to 1626)
9 Nov 1619 Craigtoun Sir John Wemyss  (to 1623) by Dec 1623
10 Jul 1621 Durie Sir Alexander Gibson  (to 1644) 10 Jun 1644
6 Jun 1622 Chesters Thomas Henderson 3 Feb 1638
27 Jul 1622 Magdalens Sir John Hamilton  (to 1632) 28 Nov 1632
18 Dec 1623 Innerpeffer Sir Andrew Fletcher Mar 1650
14 Feb 1626 New Abbey Sir Robert Spottiswood   [Lord President 1633- 1596 16 Jan 1646 49
14 Feb 1626 Kilcreuch Alexander Seton  (to 1637) after 1637
14 Feb 1626 Balmanno Sir George Auchinleck  (to 1639) by Feb 1639
14 Feb 1626 Laurieston Sir Alexander Napier  (to 1629) 1629
14 Feb 1626 Glencairnie Sir Archibald Acheson  (to 1627) 9 Sep 1634
14 Feb 1626 New Hall James Bannatyne  (to 1636) by Nov 1636
14 Feb 1626 Preston Grange Alexander Morison 20 Sep 1631
8 Nov 1627 Balcomie Sir James Learmonth 26 Jun 1657
8 Nov 1627 Fodderance George Haliburton  (to 1649) 1649
3 Nov 1629 Newton Sir James Oliphant  (to 1632) 1648
3 Nov 1629 Cranston Riddel Sir James Makgill,later Viscount of Oxfuird 5 May 1663
27 Jul 1632 Craighall Sir John Hope 28 Apr 1654
28 Jul 1632 Scotstarvet Sir John Scott 1670
1 Nov 1636 Eastbank Patrick Nisbet after 1641
10 Jan 1637 Orbieston Sir John Hamilton   [Lord Justice Clerk 1637-1651]
1 Mar 1637 Sir William Elphinstone
6 Jun 1637 Woodhall Adam Cunningham  (to 1639) by Jun 1639
6 Mar 1639 Carmichael Sir James Carmichael,later Lord Carmichael 1579 27 Nov 1672 93
[Lord Justice Clerk 1634-1637]
9 Jul 1639 Halkertoun Sir Alexander Falconer,later Lord Falconer c 1595 1 Oct 1671
 
13 Nov 1641 Newton Sir John Leslie Sep 1651
13 Nov 1641 Kerse Sir Thomas Hope  (to 1643) 23 Aug 1643
13 Nov 1641 Warriston Sir Archibald Johnston 22 Jul 1663
13 Nov 1641 Humbie Sir Adam Hepburn Jun 1656
2 Jul 1646 Durie Sir Alexander Gibson Jun 1656
2 Jul 1646 Lee Sir James Lockhart   [Lord Justice Clerk 1671-1674] May 1674
2 Jul 1646 Tofts Sir Alexander Belsches 1656
1 Jun 1649 Hopetoun Sir James Hope 23 Nov 1661
2 Jun 1649 Broomhall Robert Bruce 25 Jun 1652
2 Jun 1649 South Hall Alexander Pearson 12 May 1657
2 Jun 1649 Foord Robert Macgill
8 Jun 1649 Clerkintoun Sir William Scott 23 Dec 1656
22 Jun 1649 Libbertoun George Winram Sep 1650
1 Nov 1649 Brodie Alexander Brodie 25 Jul 1617 1666 48
1 Nov 1649 Hartree John Dickson
Commissioners under the Commonwealth
18 May 1652 Craighall Sir John Hope 28 Apr 1654
18 May 1652 Sir William Lockhart   [Lord Justice Clerk 1674-1675]
18 May 1652 Swinton John Swinton
18 May 1652 Edward Mosely
18 May 1652 Edward March
18 May 1652 Edward Owen
18 May 1652 George Smyth
Oct 1653 William Laurence
Oct 1653 William Hopkins
Oct 1653 South Hall Alexander Pearson
1 Nov 1654 Henry Goodier
7 Nov 1655 Balcomie Sir James Learmonth
7 Nov 1655 Andrew Ker
1 Jul 1657 Stair James Dalrymple,later Viscount Stair May 1619 25 Nov 1695 76
3 Nov 1657 Warriston Sir Archibald Johnston
3 Dec 1658 Brodie Alexander Brodie
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1 Jun 1661 Carrington Sir Archibald Primrose  (to 1676) 16 May 1616 27 Nov 1679 63
1 Jun 1661 Sir Robert Murray Jun 1673
1 Jun 1661 Tarbet Sir George Mackenzie,later Earl of Cromarty  (to 1664) 1630 17 Aug 1714 84
1 Jun 1661 Carden Sir Archibald Stirling  (to 1666) Apr 1666
1 Jun 1661 Collington Sir James Foulis  (to 1688)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1684-1688] 19 Jan 1688
1 Jun 1661 Stair Sir James Dalrymple,later Viscount Stair  (to 1671) May 1619 25 Nov 1695 76
[Lord President 1671-1681 and 1689-1695]
1 Jun 1661 Strathurd Sir Robert Nairne,later Lord Nairne  (to 1683) c 1620 30 May 1683
1 Jun 1661 Crimond Robert Burnet 24 Aug 1661
1 Jun 1661 Bedlay James Robertson  (to 1664) May 1664
1 Jun 1661 Whitekirk John Scougal  (to 1672) Jan 1672
1 Jun 1661 Kinglassie Andrew Ayton 25 Mar 1670
25 Jun 1661 Nevoy Sir David Nevoy  (to 1683) 1683
4 Jun 1662 Arniston Sir James Dundas  (to 1665) 1679
18 Jun 1663 Renton John Home  (to 1671)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1663-1671] 1671
4 Nov 1664 Dirleton Sir John Nisbet  (to 1677) Apr 1687
4 Nov 1664 Newbyth Sir John Baird 27 Apr 1698
22 Nov 1665 Castlehill Sir John Lockhart
17 Jul 1668 Gosford Sir Peter Wedderburn  (to 1679) 11 Nov 1679
1 Jun 1670 Halton Charles Maitland,later Earl of Lauderdale  (to 1682) 9 Jun 1691
8 Jun 1671 Craigie Sir Thomas Wallace   [Lord Justice Clerk 1675-1680] 26 Mar 1680
23 Nov 1671 Abbotshall Sir Andrew Ramsay  (to 1674) 17 Jan 1688
14 Dec 1671 Pittrichie Sir Richard Maitland  (to 1677) 22 Feb 1677
4 Mar 1672 Preston Sir Robert Preston  (to 1674) Oct 1674
14 Jun 1674 Forret Sir David Balfour c 1690
14 Jun 1674 Glendoick Sir Thomas Murray  (to 1681) c 1630 1684
22 Jun 1676 Newton Sir David Falconer   [Lord President 1682-1685] 15 Dec 1685
13 Nov 1677 Pitmeddin Sir Alexander Seton  (to 1687) 1719
16 Nov 1677 Harcarse Sir Roger Hogg  (to 1688) 1700
28 Nov 1679 Saline Sir Andrew Birnie
3 Apr 1680 Richard Maitland,later Earl of Lauderdale 20 Jun 1653 1695 42
[Lord Justice Clerk 1680-1684]
8 Jun 1680 Haddo Sir George Gordon,later Earl of Aberdeen  (to 1682)  3 Oct 1637 20 Apr 1720 82
[Lord President 1681-1682]
1 Nov 1681 Boyne Sir Patrick Ogilvie
1 Nov 1681 Drumcairne John Murray
5 Jul 1682 Kemnay Sir George Nicolson
21 Nov 1682 Edmonstone John Wauchope  (to 1688)
7 Nov 1683 Blair Sir Thomas Stewart
10 Nov 1683 Carse Sir Patrick Lyon Mar 1689
1 Jan 1686 Carnwath Sir George Lockhart   [Lord President 1685-1689] c 1630 31 Mar 1689
For further information on the death of this Lord of Session,
see the note at the foot of this page
16 Feb 1687 Lochore Alexander Malcolm
28 Feb 1688 Stair Sir John Dalrymple,later Earl of Stair   1648 8 Jan 1707 58
[Lord Justice Clerk 1688-1690]
19 Jun 1688 Auchintoul Lewis Gordon
23 Jun 1688 Mersington Alexander Swinton  (to 1701)
1 Nov 1689 Aberuchill Sir Colin Campbell  (to 1704) 16 Feb 1704
1 Nov 1689 Philiphaugh James Murray  (to 1708) 1655 1 Jul 1708 53
1 Nov 1689 Arniston James Dundas  (to 1726) 25 Nov 1726
1 Nov 1689 Halcraig John Hamilton  (to 1706) 16 Mar 1706
1 Nov 1689 Crocerig David Home  (to 1707) 13 Apr 1707
1 Nov 1689 Ravelrig Sir John Maitland,later Earl of Lauderdale  (to 1710) c 1655 30 Aug 1710
1 Nov 1689 Stevenson Sir Robert Sinclair  (to 1693)
1 Nov 1689 Fountainhall Sir John Lauder  (to 1722) 20 Sep 1722
1 Nov 1689 Anstruther William Anstruther  (to 1711) 24 Jan 1711
1 Nov 1689 Rankeillor Archibald Hope 10 Oct 1706
1 Nov 1689 Phaedo James Falconer  (to 1705) 9 Jun 1705
1 Nov 1689 Presmennan Robert Hamilton  (to 1695) 10 Nov 1695
19 Dec 1693 Whitelaw Sir William Hamilton  (to 1704)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1704] 14 Dec 1704
9 Jun 1696 Whitehill James Scougal  (to 1702) 23 Dec 1702
7 Jun 1698 North Berwick Sir Hew Dalrymple  [Lord President 1698-1737] 1652 1 Feb 1737
17 Feb 1699 Pollock Sir John Maxwell  (to 1732)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1699-1702] 4 Jul 1732
25 Jul 1701 Tulliecutrie Robert Stewart  (to 1709)
12 Jan 1703 Preston Hall Roderick Mackenzie  (to 1710)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1702-1704] 4 Feb 1712
7 Nov 1704 Cessnock Sir Alexander Campbell,later Earl of Marchmont  (to 1714) 1 Jan 1675 27 Feb 1740 65
31 Jan 1705 Ormistoun Adam Cockburn  (to 1735)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1692-1699 and 1656 16 Apr 1735 78
1705-1710]
23 Jun 1705 Minto Sir Gilbert Elliot  (to 1718) 1651 1 May 1718 66
23 Jul 1706 Forglen Sir Alexander Ogilvy  (to 1727) 3 Mar 1727
18 Mar 1707 Grange James Erskine  (to 1734)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1710-1735]     c 1678 24 Jan 1754
For further information on this Lord of Session, see the
note at the foot of this page.
7 Jun 1707 Bowhill John Murray c 1667 24 Mar 1714
7 Jun 1709 Blairhall Dougal Stewart  (to 1712) after 1658 16 Jun 1712
10 Jun 1709 Cullen Sir Francis Grant  (to 1726) 1658 23 Mar 1726 67
7 Jun 1710 Royston Sir James Mackenzie  (to 1744) 1671 9 Nov 1744 73
8 Nov 1710 Dun David Erskine  (to 1753) 1670 26 May 1758 87
6 Nov 1711 Polton Sir William Calderwood  (to 1733) c 1660 7 Aug 1733
8 Nov 1712 Pencaitland James Hamilton  (to 1729) 1729
5 Jun 1714 Coupar James Elphinstone 5 Jan 1746
23 Nov 1714 Kimmerghame Sir Andrew Hume  (to 1730) 16 Mar 1730
6 Jun 1718 Newhall Sir Walter Pringle  (to 1736) c 1664 14 Dec 1736
4 Jun 1724 Milton Andrew Fletcher  (to 1766)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1735-1748] 1692 15 Dec 1766 74
4 Jun 1726 Minto Sir Gilbert Elliot  (to 1764)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1763-1764] c 1680 27 May 1764
29 Dec 1726 Drummore Hew Dalrymple  (to 1755) 30 Nov 1690 18 Jun 1755 64
10 Jun 1727 Monzie Patrick Campbell  (to 1751) 1 Aug 1751
1 Jul 1729 Haining John Pringle  (to 1754) 19 Aug 1754
5 Jun 1730 Strichen Alexander Fraser  (to 1775) 15 Feb 1775
3 Nov 1732 Elchies Patrick Grant  (to 1754) 1690 27 Jul 1754 64
3 Nov 1733 Murkle John Sinclair  (to 1755) 5 Jun 1755
11 Jul 1734 Leven Alexander Leslie,Earl of Leven  (to 1754) c 1699 2 Sep 1754
7 Nov 1735 Kilkerran Sir James Fergusson  (to 1759)     c 1687 20 Jan 1759
10 Jun 1737 Arniston Robert Dundas  [Lord President 1748-1753] 9 Dec 1685 26 Aug 1753 67
21 Jun 1737 Culloden Duncan Forbes   [Lord President 1737-1747] 10 Nov 1685 10 Dec 1747 62
23 Nov 1744 Tinwald Charles Erskine  (to 1762)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1748-1763]        1680  5 Apr 1763 82
19 Dec 1746 Shewalton Patrick Boyle  (to 1761) 31 Mar 1761
3 Jun 1749 Easdale James Graham  (to 1750) 15 Aug 1750
26 Feb 1751 Woodhall George Sinclair 5 May 1764
6 Feb 1752 Kames Henry Home  (to 1782) 1696 27 Dec 1782 86
2 Feb 1754 Glendoick Robert Craigie   [Lord President 1754-1760] 1685 10 Mar 1760 74
15 Feb 1754 Auchinleck Alexander Boswell  (to 1782) 1706 25 Aug 1782 76
14 Nov 1754 Preston Grange William Grant  (to 1764)   4 May 1701 23 May 1764 63
20 Nov 1754 Edgefield Robert Pringle  (to 1764) 8 Apr 1764
28 Nov 1754 Huntingdon Thomas Hay  (to 1755) 4 Feb 1755
5 Jul 1755 Bankton Andrew Macdowall  (to 1760) 1685 22 Oct 1760 75
24 Jul 1755 Chesterhall Patrick Wedderburn  (to 1756) 11 Aug 1756
31 Jul 1755 Nisbet George Carre  (to 1766) 21 Feb 1766
18 Dec 1756 Coalston George Brown  (to 1776) 6 Nov 1776
14 Jun 1759 Alemoore Andrew Pringle  (to 1776) 14 Jan 1776
14 Jun 1760 Arniston Robert Dundas   [Lord President 1760-1787] 18 Jul 1713 13 Dec 1787 74
6 Mar 1761 Elliock James Veitch  (to 1793) 25 Sep 1712  1 Jul 1793 80
18 Jun 1761 Barjarg,later  James Erskine  (to 1796) 20 Jun 1722 13 May 1796 73
Alva
16 Jun 1762 Stonefield John Campbell  (to 1801) 19 Jun 1801
14 Jun 1764 Pitfour James Ferguson  (to 1777) 25 Jun 1777
3 Jul 1764 Gardenston Francis Garden  (to 1793) 24 Jun 1721 22 Jul 1793 72
4 Jul 1764 Kennet Robert Bruce  (to 1785) 8 Apr 1785
6 Mar 1766 Hailes Sir David Dalrymple  (to 1792) 28 Oct 1726 29 Nov 1792 66
14 Jun 1766 Barskimming, Thomas Miller  (to 1788)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1766-1788 and  3 Nov 1717 27 Sep 1789 71
later Glenlee Lord President 1788-1789]
12 Feb 1767 Monboddo James Burnett  (to 1799) 25 Oct 1714 26 May 1799 84
For further information on this Lord of Session, see the
note at the foot of this page.
10 Mar 1775 Covington Alexander Lockhart  (to 1782) 10 Nov 1782
22 Feb 1776 Ankerville David Ross 16 Aug 1805
13 Dec 1776 Braxfield Robert MacQueen  (to 1799)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1788-1799] 4 May 1722 30 May 1799 77
10 Jul 1777 Westhall David Dalrymple  (to 1784) 26 Apr 1784
14 Nov 1782 Eskgrove David Rae   [Lord Justice Clerk 1799-1804] c 1724 23 Oct 1804
21 Dec 1782 Swinton John Swinton  (to 1799) 5 Jan 1799
6 Mar 1783 Henderland Alexander Murray  (to 1795) 11 May 1736 16 Mar 1795 58
1 Jul 1784 Rockville Alexander Gordon  (to 1792) 1739 13 Mar 1792 52
9 Mar 1786 Dunsinann William Nairne  (to 1809) c 1731 25 Mar 1811
17 Jan 1788 Dreghorn John Maclaurin  (to 1796) 15 Dec 1734 24 Dec 1796 62
12 Nov 1789 Succoth Ilay Campbell,later [1808] 1st baronet  (to 1808)   23 Aug 1734 28 Mar 1823 88
[Lord President 1789-1808]
7 Jun 1792 Abercromby Alexander Abercromby  (to 1795) 15 Oct 1745 17 Nov 1795 50
2 Dec 1792 Craig William Craig  (to 1813) 1745 8 Jul 1813 68
14 Nov 1793 Polkemmet William Baillie  (to 1811) 14 Mar 1816
15 Nov 1793 Methven David Smythe  (to 1806) 17 Jan 1746 30 Jan 1806 60
23 May 1795 Glenlee Sir William Miller  (to 1840) 12 Aug 1755  9 May 1846 90
11 Mar 1796 Meadowbank Allan Maconochie  (to 1816) 26 Jan 1748 14 Jun 1816 68
18 Nov 1796 Cullen Robert Cullen  (to 1810) 28 Nov 1810
7 Feb 1797 Armadale Sir William Honyman  (to 1813) 5 Jan 1825
16 May 1799 Bannatyne William Macleod Bannatyne  (to 1822) 26 Jan 1744 30 Nov 1833 89
21 Jun 1799 Balmuto Claud Irvine Boswell  (to 1822) 1742 22 Jul 1824 82
11 Jul 1799 Hermand George Fergusson  (to 1826) 9 Aug 1827
13 Feb 1802 Woodhouselee Alexander Fraser Tytler  (to 1813) 15 Oct 1747 5 Jan 1813 65
6 Dec 1804 Granton Charles Hope  (to 1841)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1804-1811 and 29 Jun 1763 30 Oct 1851 88
Lord President 1811-1841]
14 Nov 1805 Robertson William Robertson  (to 1826)
7 Mar 1806 Newton Charles Hay  (to 1811) 19 Oct 1811
16 Nov 1808 Avonton Robert Blair   [Lord President 1808-1811] 1741 20 May 1811 69
17 May 1809 Succoth Archibald Campbell  (to 1825) 23 Jul 1846
28 Feb 1811 Shewalton David Boyle  (to 1852)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1811-1841 and 26 Jul 1772 4 Feb 1853 80
Lord President 1841-1852]
15 Nov 1811 Craigie Robert Craigie  (to 1834) c 1755 5 May 1834
26 Nov 1811 Balgray David Williamson  (to 1837) 3 Feb 1837
30 Nov 1811 Gillies Adam Gillies  (to 1842) 1760 24 Dec 1842 82
25 Feb 1813 Pitmilly David Monypenny  (to 1830) after 1844
8 Jun 1813 Alloway David Cathcart  (to 1829) 27 Apr 1829
20 Nov 1813 Reston David Douglas  (to 1819) 23 Apr 1819
16 Nov 1816 Cringletie James Wolfe Murray  (to 1834) late 1834
1 Jul 1819 Meadowbank Alexander Maconochie  (to 1843)  2 Mar 1777 30 Nov 1861 84
2 Feb 1822 Kinneder William Erskine  (to 1822) 1769 14 Aug 1822 53
14 Nov 1822 Mackenzie Joshua Henry Mackenzie  (to 1851) 1777 17 Nov 1851 74
20 Nov 1823 Eldin John Clerk  (to 1828) Apr 1757 30 May 1832 75
13 Jan 1825 Medwyn John Hay Forbes  (to 1852) 1776 25 Jul 1854 78
21 Nov 1826 Corehouse George Cranstoun  (to 1839) 26 Jun 1850
14 Dec 1826 Newton Alexander Irving 23 Mar 1832
17 Feb 1829 Fullerton John Fullerton  (to 1853) 15 Dec 1775 3 Dec 1853 77
24 Jun 1829 Moncreiff Sir James Wellwood-Moncreiff  (to 1851) c 1776 4 Apr 1851
 
7 Jun 1834 Jeffrey Francis Jeffrey  (to 1850) 23 Oct 1773 26 Jan 1850 76
15 Nov 1834 Cockburn Henry Thomas Cockburn  (to 1854) 26 Oct 1779 26 Apr 1854 74
16 Feb 1837 Cunninghame John Cunninghame  (to 1853) 26 Oct 1854
17 May 1839 Murray Sir John Archibald Murray  (to 1859) 1779 7 Mar 1859 79
23 May 1840 Ivory James Ivory  (to 1862) 1792 18 Oct 1866 74
12 Nov 1841 Hope John Hope  (to 1858)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1841-1858] 26 May 1794 14 Jun 1858 64
23 Nov 1842 Wood Alexander Wood  (to 1862) 1789 18 Jul 1864 75
22 Nov 1843 Robertson Patrick Robertson  (to 1855) 17 Feb 1794 10 Jan 1855 60
13 Feb 1850 Dundrennan Thomas Maitland  (to 1851) 9 Oct 1792 10 Jun 1851 58
23 May 1851 Rutherfurd Andrew Rutherfurd  (to 1854) 13 Dec 1791 13 Dec 1854 63
23 May 1851 Colonsay Duncan McNeill,later Baron Colonsay  (to 1867) Aug 1793 31 Jan 1874 80
[Lord President 1852-1867]
27 Jun 1851 Cowan John Cowan  (to 1874) 1799 1 Aug 1878 79
22 May 1852 Anderson Adam Anderson  (to 1853) 1797 28 Sep 1853 56
16 Nov 1852 Curriehill John Marshall  (to 1868) 7 Jan 1794 27 Oct 1868 74
1 Jun 1853 Deas Sir George Deas  (to 1885) 1804 7 Feb 1887 82
19 Nov 1853 Handyside Robert Handyside  (to 1858) 1798 18 Apr 1858 59
7 Dec 1853 Benholme Hercules James Robertson  (to 1874) 1795 15 Sep 1874 79
24 May 1854 Neaves Charles Neaves  (to 1876) 14 Oct 1800 23 Dec 1876 76
18 Jan 1855 Ardmillan James Crawfurd  (to 1876) 1805 7 Sep 1876 71
8 Feb 1855 Mackenzie Thomas Mackenzie  (to 1864) 16 May 1807 26 Sep 1869 62
13 May 1858 Kinloch William Penney  (to 1872) 1801 31 Oct 1872 71
14 Jul 1858 Glencorse John Inglis  (to 1891)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1858-1867 and 21 Aug 1810 20 Aug 1891 80
Lord President 1867-1891]
13 May 1859 Jerviswoode Charles Baillie  (to 1874) 3 Nov 1804 23 Jul 1879 74
5 Feb 1862 Ormidale Robert Macfarlane  (to 1880) 1802 3 Nov 1880 78
13 Nov 1862 Barcaple Edward Francis Maitland  (to 1870) 16 Apr 1803 23 Feb 1870 66
13 Jan 1865 Mure David Mure  (to 1889) 11 Oct 1810 11 Apr 1891 80
2 Mar 1867 Glenalmond George Patton  (to 1869)   [Lord Justice Clerk 1867-1869]        1803 20 Sep 1869 66
For further information on this Lord of Session, see the
note at the foot of this page.
20 Oct 1868 Manor George Dundas  (to 1870) 1803 7 Oct 1869 66
19 Oct 1869 Moncreiff James Moncreiff,later Baron Moncreiff  (to 1888) 29 Nov 1811 27 Apr 1895 83
[Lord Justice Clerk 1869-1888]
1 Feb 1870 Gifford Adam Gifford  (to 1881) 29 Feb 1820 20 Jan 1887 66
18 Mar 1870 Mackenzie Donald Mackenzie  (to 1875) 1818 May 1875 56
11 Dec 1872 Shand Alexander Burns Shand,later Baron Shand  (to 1890) 13 Dec 1828  6 Mar 1904 75
3 Mar 1874 Young George Young  (to 1905)  2 Jul 1819 21 May 1907 87
17 Jul 1874 Craighill John Millar  (to 1888) 22 Sep 1888
31 Oct 1874 Curriehill John Marshall  (to 1881) 1827 5 Nov 1881 54
2 Nov 1875 Rutherfurd Clark Andrew Rutherfurd Clark  (to 1896) 1828 26 Jul 1899 71
6 Dec 1876 Adam James Adam  (to 1905) 31 Oct 1824 27 Aug 1914 89
12 May 1880 Lee Robert Lee  (to 1890) c 1830 11 Oct 1890
15 Feb 1881 Fraser Patrick Fraser  (to 1889) 1819 27 Mar 1889 69
18 Oct 1881 McLaren John McLaren  (to 1910) 17 Aug 1831  6 Apr 1910 78
10 Jan 1882 Kinnear Alexander Smith Kinnear,later Baron Kinnear  (to 1913) 3 Nov 1833 20 Dec 1917 84
27 Feb 1885 Trayner John Trayner  (to 1905) 19 Apr 1834 3 Feb 1929 94
30 Oct 1888 Kingsburgh Sir John Hay Athole Macdonald  (to 1915) 27 Dec 1836  6 May 1919 82
[Lord Justice Clerk 1888-1915]
6 Nov 1888 Wellwood Henry James Moncreiff,later Baron Moncreiff  (to 1905) 24 Apr 1840 3 Mar 1909 68
14 May 1889 Kyllachy William Mackintosh  (to 1907) 9 Apr 1842 9 Dec 1918 76
7 Nov 1889 Kincairney William Ellis Gloag  (to 1905) 7 Feb 1829 8 Oct 1909 80
28 Oct 1890 Stormonth Darling Moir Tod Stormonth Darling  (to 1908) 3 Nov 1844 2 Jun 1912 67
25 Nov 1890 Low Alexander Low  (to 1910) 1845 14 Oct 1910 65
16 Oct 1891 Robertson James Patrick Bannerman Robertson,later Baron Robertson 10 Aug 1845  2 Feb 1909 63
(to 1899)   [Lord President 1891-1899]
12 May 1896 Pearson Sir Charles John Pearson  (to 1909)  6 Nov 1843 15 Aug 1910 66
 
28 Nov 1899 Blair Balfour John Blair Balfour,later Baron Kinross  (to 1905) 11 Jul 1837 22 Jan 1905 67
[Lord President 1899-1905]
11 Jan 1905 Ardwall Andrew Jameson  (to 1911) 5 Jul 1845 21 Nov 1911 66
17 Feb 1905 Dundas David Dundas  (to 1922) 8 Jun 1854 14 Feb 1922 67
21 Feb 1905 Dunedin Andrew Graham Murray,later Viscount Dunedin  (to 1913) 21 Nov 1849 21 Aug 1942 92
[Lord President 1905-1913]
 
19 May 1905 Johnston Henry Johnston  (to 1918) 5 Feb 1844 18 Oct 1931 87
17 Oct 1905 Salvesen Edward Theodore Salvesen  (to 1922) 20 Jul 1857 23 Feb 1942 84
8 Dec 1905 Mackenzie Charles Kincaid Mackenzie  (to 1922) 9 Mar 1857 2 Apr 1938 81
22 Jan 1907 Guthrie Charles John Guthrie  (to 1920) 1849 28 Apr 1920 70
15 Oct 1908 Skerrington William Campbell  (to 1926) 27 Jun 1855 21 Jul 1927 72
20 Jul 1909 Cullen William James Cullen  (to 1926) 9 Sep 1859 19 Jun 1941 81
18 May 1910 Dewar Arthur Dewar  (to 1917)         1860 14 Jun 1917 56
22 Oct 1910 Ormidale George Lewis Macfarlane  (to 1933) 22 Mar 1854 21 Apr 1941 87
12 Dec 1911 Hunter William Hunter  (to 1936) 9 Oct 1865 10 Apr 1957 91
17 Oct 1913 Strathclyde Alexander Ure,later Baron Strathclyde  (to 1920) 24 Feb 1853  2 Oct 1928 75
[Lord President 1913-1920]
4 Nov 1913 Anderson Andrew Macbeth Anderson  (to 1936) 6 Nov 1862 27 May 1936 73
1 Jul 1915 Scott Dickson Charles Scott Dickson  (to 1922)   13 Sep 1850  5 Aug 1922 71
[Lord Justice Clerk 1915-1922]
16 Oct 1917 Sands Sir Christopher Nicholson Johnston  (to 1934) 18 Oct 1857 26 Feb 1934 76
1 Nov 1918 Blackburn Robert Francis Leslie Blackburn  (to 1935) 27 Apr 1864 21 Mar 1944 79
12 May 1920 Clyde James Avon Clyde  (to 1935)   [Lord President 1920-1935] 14 Nov 1863 16 Jun 1944 80
8 Jun 1920 Ashmore John Wilson  (to 1928) 1857 8 Jul 1932 75
8 Mar 1922 Morison Thomas Brash Morison  (to 1937) 21 Nov 1868 28 Jul 1945 76
4 Jul 1922 Constable Arthur Henderson Briggs Constable  (to 1929) 3 Mar 1865 4 Nov 1928 63
19 Oct 1922 Alness Robert Munro,later Baron Alness  (to 1933) 28 May 1868  6 Oct 1955 87
[Lord Justice Clerk 1922-1933]
14 Nov 1922 Murray Charles David Murray  (to 1936) 20 Oct 1866 9 Jun 1936 69
5 Jan 1926 Fleming David Pinkerton Fleming  (to 1944) 1877 20 Oct 1944 67
5 Jan 1926 Moncrieff Alexander Moncrieff  (to 1947)    14 Aug 1870  5 Aug 1949 78
[Lord Justice Clerk 26 Feb 1947-14 Oct 1947]
30 May 1928 Mackay Alexander Morrice Mackay  (to 1954) 6 Sep 1875 2 Nov 1955 80
8 Jan 1929 Pitman James Campbell Pitman  (to 1939) 1864 10 Feb 1941 76
14 Feb 1933 Wark John Lean Wark  (to 1944) 1877 17 Dec 1943 66
17 Oct 1933 Aitchison Craigie Mason Aitchison  (to 1941)   26 Jan 1882  2 May 1941 59
[Lord Justice Clerk 1933-1941]
12 May 1934 Carmont John Francis Carmont  (to 1965) 1880 7 Aug 1965 85
7 May 1935 Normand Wilfrid Guild Normand,later Baron Normand  (to 1947) 16 May 1884  5 Oct 1962 78
[Lord President 1935-1947]
 
12 Nov 1935 Jamieson Douglas Jamieson  (to 1952) 14 Jul 1880 31 May 1952 71
18 Feb 1936 Robertson Thomas Graham Robertson  (to 1944) 23 Nov 1881 10 Mar 1944 62
24 Jun 1936 Stevenson James Stevenson  (to 1948) 2 Feb 1883 3 Mar 1963 80
7 Jul 1936 Russell Albert Russell  (to 1960) 1884 12 May 1975 90
4 Jun 1937 Keith James Keith,later Baron Keith of Avonholme  (to 1953) 20 May 1886 29 Jun 1964 78
 
26 May 1939 Patrick William Donald Patrick  (to 1964)        1889 17 Feb 1967 77
13 Jun 1941 Cooper Thomas Mackay Cooper,later Baron Cooper  (to 1955) 24 Sep 1892 15 Jul 1955 62
[Lord Justice Clerk 1941-1947 and Lord President 1947-1955]
 
15 Jun 1944 Mackintosh Charles Mackintosh  (to 1964) 28 May 1888 2 Aug 1978 90
24 Nov 1944 Sorn James Gordon McIntyre  (to 1963) 21 Jul 1896 1 Jul 1983 86
3 Jul 1945 Birnam Sir Thomas David King Murray  (to 1955) 29 Mar 1884 5 Jun 1955 71
4 Mar 1947 Blades Daniel Patterson Blades  (to 1959) 25 Aug 1888 6 Feb 1959 70
14 Oct 1947 Thomson George Reid Thomson  (to 1962)        1893 15 Apr 1962 68
[Lord Justice Clerk 1947-1962]
15 Oct 1948 Strachan James Frederick Strachan  (to 1967) 11 Oct 1894 15 May 1978 83
25 Jan 1949 Guthrie Henry Wallace Guthrie  (to 1970) 20 Oct 1903 11 Mar 1970 66
20 Jun 1952 Hill Watson Laurence Hill Watson  (to 1957) 26 Feb 1895 22 Aug 1957 62
10 Nov 1953 Migdale James Frederick Gordon Thomson  (to 1973) 22 Jun 1897 30 Dec 1983 86
2 Feb 1954 Wheatley John Wheatley,later Baron Wheatley  (to 1985) 17 Jan 1908 28 Jul 1988 80
[Lord Justice Clerk 1972-1985]
16 Feb 1954 Walker James Walker  (to 1972) 1890 11 Jun 1972 81
11 Jan 1955 Clyde James Latham McDiarmid Clyde  (to 1972) 30 Oct 1898 30 Jun 1975 76
[Lord President 1955-1972]
5 Jul 1955 Cameron Sir John Cameron  (to 1985) 8 Feb 1900 30 May 1996 96
2 Oct 1957 Guest Christopher William Graham Guest,later Baron Guest  (to 1961) 7 Nov 1901 25 Sep 1984 82
5 May 1959 Kilbrandon Charles James Dalrymple Shaw,later Baron Kilbrandon  (to 1971) 15 Aug 1906 10 Sep 1989 83
3 May 1960 Milligan William Rankine Milligan  (to 1973) 12 Dec 1898 28 Jul 1975 76
11 Jan 1961 Johnston Douglas Harold Johnston  (to 1978) 1 Feb 1907 18 Feb 1985 78
6 Oct 1961 Hunter John Oswald Mair Hunter  (to 1986) 21 Feb 1913 20 Mar 2006 93
2 Oct 1962 Grant William Grant  (to 1972)  [Lord Justice Clerk 1962-1972] 19 Jun 1909 19 Nov 1972 63
3 Dec 1963 Kissen Manuel Kissen  (to 1981) 2 May 1912 28 May 1981 69
7 Jan 1964 Fraser Walter Ian Reid Fraser,later Baron Fraser of Tullybelton  3 Feb 1911 17 Feb 1989 78
(to 1974)
6 Oct 1964 Avonside Ian Hamilton Shearer  (to 1984) 11 Nov 1914 22 Feb 1996 81
15 Jul 1965 Leechman James Graham Leechman  (to 1976) 6 Oct 1906 15 May 1986 79
25 Nov 1965 Thomson Alexander Thomson  (to 1979) 9 Nov 1914 2 Feb 1979 64
6 Oct 1966 Robertson Ian MacDonald Robertson  (to 1987) 30 Oct 1912 21 Jul 2005 92
27 Oct 1967 Stott George Gordon Stott  (to 1984) 22 Dec 1909 12 Apr 1999 89
30 Apr 1970 Emslie George Carlyle Emslie,later Baron Emslie  (to 1989) 6 Dec 1919 21 Nov 2002 82
[Lord President 1972-1989]
6 Oct 1971 Dunpark Alastair McPherson Johnston  (to 1990) 15 Dec 1915 31 Aug 1991 75
6 Oct 1971 Keith Henry Shanks Keith,later Baron Keith of Kinkel  (to 1977)  7 Feb 1922 21 Jun 2002 80
 
1 Jun 1972 Grieve William Robertson Grieve  (to 1988) 21 Oct 1917 10 Jul 2005 87
2 Jun 1972 Mackenzie Stuart Alexander John Mackenzie Stuart,later Baron
Mackenzie-Stuart  (to 1973) 18 Nov 1924 1 Apr 2000 75
9 Nov 1972 Brand David William Robert Brand  (to 1989) 21 Oct 1923 14 Apr 1996 72
1972 Kincraig Robert Smith Johnston  (to 1987) 10 Oct 1918 19 Sep 2004 85
Feb 1973 Maxwell Peter Maxwell  (to 1988) 21 May 1919 2 Jan 1994 74
1973 McDonald Robert Howat McDonald  (to 1989) 15 May 1916 6 Jan 2003 86
21 Feb 1974 Wylie Norman Russell Wylie  (to 1990) 26 Oct 1923 7 Sep 2005 81
1975 Stewart Ewan George Francis Stewart  (to 1987) 9 May 1923 31 Mar 1987 63
1977 Ross Donald MacArthur Ross  (to 1997)  29 Mar 1927
[Lord Justice Clerk 1985-1997]
1977 Allanbridge William Ian Stewart   (to 1995) 8 Nov 1925 21 Jun 2012 86
1977 Cowie William Lorn Kerr Cowie  (to 1994) 1 Jun 1926
1979 Jauncey Charles Eliot Jauncey,later Baron Jauncey
of Tullichettle  (to 1988)  8 May 1925 18 Jul 2007 82
1979 Murray Ronald King Murray  (to 1995) 15 Jun 1922
1981 Mayfield Ian MacDonald  (to 1995) 26 May 1921 30 Oct 2002 81
1983 Davidson Charles Kemp Davidson  (to 1996) 13 Apr 1929 18 Jun 2009 80
1984 Mackay of James Peter Hymers Mackay,Baron
Clashfern Mackay of Clashfern  (to 1985)  2 Jul 1927
1984 McCluskey John Herbert McCluskey,Baron McCluskey  (to 2000) 12 Jun 1929
1985 Morison Alastair Malcolm Morison  (to 1997) 12 Feb 1931 31 Jul 2005 74
1985 Sutherland Ranald Ian Sutherland  (to 2001)   23 Jan 1932
1985 Weir David Bruce Weir  (to 1997) 19 Dec 1931
1985 Clyde James John Clyde,later Baron Clyde   (to 1996) 29 Jan 1932 6 Mar 2009 77
1986 Cullen William Douglas Cullen,Lord Cullen later Baron Cullen
of Whitekirk  (to 2005)    [Lord Justice Clerk 1997-2001 and 18 Nov 1935
Lord President 2001-2005]
1986 Prosser William David Prosser  (to 2001) 23 Nov 1934
1987 Kirkwood Ian Candlish Kirkwood  (to 2005) 8 Jun 1932
1987 Coulsfield John Taylor Cameron  (to 2002) 24 Apr 1934
1988 Milligan James George Milligan  (to 2001) 10 May 1934 7 Mar 2005 70
1988 Dervaird John Murray  (to 1989) 8 Jul 1935
1989 Hope of Craighead James Arthur David Hope,later Baron Hope of Craighead 27 Jun 1938
(to 1996)  [Lord President 1989-1996]
1989 Caplan Philip Isaac Caplan  (to 2000) 24 Feb 1929 7 Nov 2008 79
1989 Cameron Kenneth John Cameron,Baron Cameron of Lochbroom 11 Jun 1931
(to 2003)
1990 Marnoch Michael Stewart Rae Bruce  (to 2005) 26 Jul 1938
1990 MacLean Ranald Norman Munro MacLean  (to 2005) 18 Dec 1938
1990 Penrose George William Penrose  (to 2005) 2 Jun 1938
1990 Osborne Kenneth Hilton Osborne  (to 2011) 9 Jul 1937
 
1992 Abernethy John Alastair Cameron  (to 2007) 1 Feb 1938
1994 Johnston Alan Charles Macpherson Johnston  (to 2008) 13 Jan 1942 14 Jun 2008 66
1994 Gill Brian Gill   [Lord Justice Clerk 2001-2012 and Lord President 25 Feb 1942
since 2012]
1995 Hamilton Arthur Campbell Hamilton  (to 2012)  [Lord President 2005-2012] 10 Jun 1942
1995 Rodger of Alan Ferguson Rodger,Baron Rodger of Earlsferry  (to 2001) 18 Sep 1944 26 Jun 2011 66
Earlsferry [Lord President 1996-2001]
1995 Dawson Thomas Cordner Dawson  (to 2007) 14 Nov 1948 1 Jun 2007 58
1995 Macfadyen Donald James Dobbie Macfadyen  (to 2008) 8 Sep 1945 11 Apr 2008 62
1996 Cosgrove Hazel Josephine Cosgrove  (to 2006) 12 Jan 1946
1996 Nimmo Smith William Austin Nimmo Smith  (to 2009) 6 Nov 1942
1996 Philip Alexander Morrison Philip  (to 2007) 3 Aug 1942
1997 Kingarth Derek Robert Alexander Emslie  (to 2010) 21 Jun 1949
1997 Bonomy Iain Bonomy  (to 2012) 15 Jan 1946
1997 Eassie Ronald David Mackay 1945
1998 Reed Robert John Reed  (to 2012) 7 Sep 1956
2000 Wheatley John Francis Wheatley  (to 2010) 9 May 1941
Jan 2000 Paton Ann Paton
 
Feb 2000 Carloway Colin John McLean Sutherland  [Lord Justice Clerk since 2012] 20 May 1954
2000 Clarke Matthew Gerard Clarke
2000 Hardie Andrew Rutherford Hardie,Baron Hardie  (to 2012) 8 Jan 1946
2000 Mackay of Donald Sage Mackay,Baron Mackay of Drumadoon  (to 2013) 30 Jan 1946
Drumadoon  
2000 McEwan Robin Gilmour McEwan  (to 2008) 12 Dec 1943
2001 Menzies Duncan Adam Young Menzies 28 Aug 1953
2001 Drummond Young James Edward Drummond Young 17 Feb 1950
2001 Emslie George Nigel Hannington Emslie  (to 2012) 17 Apr 1947
2001 Smith Anne Smith 16 Mar 1955
2002 Brodie Philip Hope Brodie 14 Jul 1950
2003 Bracadale Alastair Peter Campbell 18 Sep 1949
2005 Dorrian Leeona June Dorrian 16 Jun 1957
2005 Hodge Patrick Stewart Hodge 19 May 1953
2005 Macphail Iain Duncan Macphail  (to 2009) 24 Jan 1938 21 Oct 2009 71
2005 Glennie Angus James Scott Glennie 3 Dec 1950
2005 Kinclaven Alexander Featherstonhaugh Wylie 2 Jun 1951
Jan 2006 Clark of Calton Lynda Margaret Clark,Baroness Clark of Calton [L] 26 Feb 1949
Feb 2006 Turnbull Alan Turnbull 1958
2006 Brailsford Sidney Neil Brailsford 15 Aug 1954
Apr 2006 Uist Roderick Francis Macdonald 1 Feb 1951
2007 Malcolm Colin Malcolm Campbell 1 Oct 1953
2007 Matthews Hugh Matthews 4 Dec 1953
Mar 2008 Woolman Stephen Errol Woolman 16 May 1953
5 Nov 2008 Pentland Paul Benedict Cullen 11 Mar 1957
5 Nov 2008 Bannatyne Iain Alexander Scott Peebles 1954
5 Nov 2008 Stacey Valerie Elizabeth Stacey 25 May 1954
Apr 2010 Tyre Colin Jack Tyre 17 Apr 1956
Apr 2010 Doherty Raymond Doherty 30 Jan 1958
Nov 2010 Stewart Angus Stewart 14 Dec 1946
26 Jun 2012 Boyd of Duncansby Colin David Boyd,Baron Boyd of Duncansby [L] 7 Jun 1953
11 Jul 2012 Jones Michael Scott Jones 1948
12 Jul 2012 Burns David Spencer Burns
2 Nov 2012 Scott Margaret Elizabeth Scott 1960
6 Feb 2013 Wise Morag Barbara Wise 22 Jan 1963
15 Feb 2013 Armstrong Iain Gillies Armstrong 26 May 1956
Jan 2014 Rae Rita Emilia Anna Rae 20 Jun 1950
Mar 2014 Wolffe Sarah Poyntell LaBudde Wolffe
CHAIRMEN OF THE SCOTTISH LAND COURT
The Chairman of the Scottish Land Court is ranked as a
Senator of the College of Justice and is therefore entitled
to the title of 'Lord.' Since 1978 the Chairman of the Scottish
Land Court has also been President of the Lands Tribunal.
1912 Kennedy Neil Kennedy Apr 1855 12 Feb 1918 62
1918 St.Vigeans David Anderson 26 Oct 1862 1 Jun 1948 85
1934 Macgregor Mitchell Robert Macgregor Mitchell 1875 25 Apr 1938 62
1938 Murray Thomas David King Murray  [he was subsequently appointed 29 Mar 1884 5 Jun 1955 71
a Senator of the College of Justice as Lord Birnam in 1945]
1941 Gibson Robert Gibson 20 Apr 1886 9 Apr 1965 78
1965 Birsay Harald Robert Leslie 8 May 1905 27 Nov 1982 77
1978 Elliott Walter Archibald Elliott  [also President of the Lands 6 Sep 1922 9 Aug 2008 85
Tribunal for Scotland 1971-1992]
1993 Philip Alexander Morrison Philip 3 Aug 1942
1996 McGhie James Marshall McGhie 15 Oct 1944
17 Oct 2014 Minginish Roderick John MacLeod 1953
Sir George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath
Lockhart was murdered in March 1689 by John Chiesley, father of Lady Grange, who is the subject
of a separate note under "Lord Grange" [see below]. Chiesley had been unhappily married to Margaret
Nicholson, who sued him for alimony. Lockhart granted her application, which so infuriated Chiesley
that he shot and killed Lockhart as he walked home from church on Easter Sunday, 31 March 1689.
The following account of his trial is taken from "A Collection and Abridgement of Celebrated Criminal Trials
in Scotland" by Hugo Arnot [Edinburgh 1785]:-
'The prisoner was brought before the Lord Provost on the 1st of April 1689, to be examined concerning
the murder of Sir George Lockhart, committed on the day preceding. Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill,
brother, and Cromwell Lockhart of Lee, nephew of the deceased, appeared in Court, and, in their own
name, and in that of the children of the deceased, gave in an act of the meeting of Estates of
Parliament, passed that very day, of the following purport: That the Estates having considered the
supplication of the friends of the deceased Sir George Lockhart, for granting warrant to the magistrates
of Edinburgh to torture John Chiesley of Dalry, perpetrator of the murder, and William Calderwood writer
in Edinburgh, an accomplice; therefore, in respect of the notoriety of the murder, and of the extraordinary
circumstances attending it, the Estates appoint and authorise the Provost and two of thye bailies of
Edinburgh, and likewise the Earl of Errol, Lord High Constable, and his deputes, not only to judge of the
murder, but to proceed to torture Chiesley, to discover if he had any accomplices in the crime.....The
Estates, at the same time, declare, that this extraordinary case shall be no precedent to warrant torture
in time coming, nor argument to ratify it as to the time past.
'The prisoner was then put to the torture, and declared that he was not advised to the assassination
of Sir George Lockhart by any person whatever: That, when at London, he told James Stewart advocate,
that, if he got no satisfaction from the President [i.e. Lockhart], he would assassinate him; and told the 
same to a person there of the name of Callender, and to Mr. William Chiesley his uncle. He confessed
that he charged his pistol on Sunday morning, and went to the New Kirk, and having seen the President
coming from the church, he went to the close where the President lodged, followed him, and when just
behind his back, shot him; That he was satisfied when he heard of the President's being dead; and, on
hearing it, he said, "he was not used to do things by halfs." He also confessed, that, when at London,
he had walked up and down Pall-Mall with a Pistol beneath his coat, lying in wait for the President.
'The indictment against the prisoner was raised at the instance of John Gibson, procurator-fiscal of the
city of Edinburgh, of Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill, and Cromwell Lockhart of Lee. It set forth, that
assassination, murder, and man-slaughter, were contrary to the laws of God, Nature, nations, and the
laws and acts of Parliament of this kingdom: That, nevertheless, the prisoner had, of forethought felony,
without the least provocation, murdered Sir George Lockhart in the manner already mentioned: That the 
prisoner was caught red-hand by a multitude of witnesses, before whom he boasted of what he had done,
as if it had been some grand exploit: By all which he was guilty of murder, or at least was art and part
accessory to the same; for which he ought to be punished with death, and his moveables confiscated.
'The prisoner judicially confessed the crime libelled, and declared, that he committed the murder because
he thought the deceased had given an unjust sentence against him. Being asked "if it was not a sentence
pronounced in favour of his wife and children for their aliment he declared he would not answer to that
point, nor give any account thereof."
[After a number of witnesses had given their testimony] 'The jury all in one voice....found, by the
prisoner's judicial confession, that he was guilty of the murder of Sir George Lockhart, and by the
deposition of witnesses, that he was guilty of "murder, out of forethought felony." 
'The Lord Provost and Bailies of Edinburgh sentenced the prisoner to be carried on a hurdle from the
tolbooth of Edinburgh, to the market cross, on Wednesday the 3rd of April instant; and there, between
the hours of two and four of the afternoon, to have his right hand cut off alive, and then to be hanged
upon a gibbet, with the pistol about his neck, with which he committed the murder. His body to be hung in 
chains between Leith and Edinburgh; his right hand fixed on the West-port, and his moveable goods to be
confiscated.'
George Patton, Lord Glenalmond
Patton disappeared on 20 September 1869. The first intimation in the Press appears to have been
on 22 September when the papers reported the disappearance. The 'Western Mail' (Cardiff) stated
that 'great excitement has been caused in Edinburgh by the disappearance of Mr. George Patton,
Lord Justice Clerk. He went out for a walk before breakfast on Monday morning and has not been
heard of since. His name was prominently brought forward through evidence at Bridgwater.'
The reference to Bridgwater relates to the unseating of the sitting members in February 1869
for bribery and corruption - the seat was subsequently disenfranchised in 1870. See also the final
paragraph.
Patton's body was found on 24 September, as reported in the 'Glasgow Herald' of 25 September 1869:-
'The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Lord Justice Clerk has now been solved, his body
having been found yesterday afternoon in the River Almond. Since his Lordship's disappearance on
Monday the general opinion was that he had fallen into the river accidentally and had been drowned;
but the finding of a razor-case and necktie…..gave rise to the belief that his Lordship had committed
suicide. On Monday and Tuesday the woods and moors in the district were searched by hundreds of
willing persons, and the river was carefully dragged from the fall downwards. The finding of the razor-
case and necktie by the edge of the river pointed so directly to the probability of the body being in
the water that on Wednesday, Thursday and yesterday the search was confined solely to the river.
On Wednesday the authorities secured the services of an experienced boatman……and he at once
initiated a thorough search of the river. It being supposed that the body was lying in a deep pool near
the fall, the attention of Malloch [the boatman] and his assistants was almost entirely confined to
that part of the stream for two days, but the result was not satisfactory. Yesterday, shortly before
noon, Malloch commenced operations with a new set of creepers…..He made a thorough search of
the pool already mentioned, but without effect. He then commenced to drag the river farther down,
and the result was that at a quarter-past three o'clock the body of the Lord Justice Clerk was found…..
The appearance of the body was most revolting, there being a deep gash in the throat, bearing out
the theory that before falling into the water his Lordship had endeavoured to end his existence by
cutting his throat……'
As to motive, The 'Pall Mall Gazette' commented that 'it is impossible to avoid thinking of the manner
in which the late Lord Justice Clerk Patton's name has lately been mentioned at Bridgewater [sic] in
connection with the sad tragedy at Glenalmond. No one can be blind to the possible effect on a
delicate-minded and sensitive Judge of an impending examination as to bygone electoral expenditure,
incurred perhaps at the time without sufficient consideration, or under some sort of compulsion, which 
might fix him with moral responsibility for corrupting and bribing, and thus bring doubt or discredit oh his 
judicial office.'
In February 1870, the report of the Bridgwater Election Commissioners stated that, during the period
1831 to 1869, every election which had taken place (11 general elections and 3 by-elections) had 
been corrupt. In particular, the report found that 'in respect of the by-election of 7 June, 1866, that
Walter Bagehot, and George Patton, Esquires, the candidates, were privy and assenting to some of
the corrupt practices extensively prevailing thereat.'
James Erskine, Lord Grange
Erskine was the son of the 5th Earl of Mar [of the 1565 creation] and younger brother of the 6th Earl. 
As a result of his adherence to the Jacobite cause, his brother was attainted in 1716 and his peerage
forfeited. 
James is best remembered for his treatment of his wife. He married Rachel Chiesly, having first 'debauched'
her before being compelled to marry her. Like the rest of her family, she is described as being proud,
violent and jealous, a drunkard and, at times, an imbecile. Her husband was constantly absent from
her due to his duties as a judge; she suspected him, probably with good reason, of being unfaithful to
her and, as a result, hired men to spy upon him. Her conduct was an open scandal, causing Grange to
be much pitied by his friends, who defended Grange by charging that his wife had wrongly accused him 
of treason, had stolen his letters to support this groundless accusation and had made attempts upon
his life. 
His sister-in-law, the Countess of Mar, who was the sister of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the writer
and pioneer of innoculation against smallpox, was also at times judged to be insane. In April 1731, Grange
attempted to carry off the Countess from England to Scotland, but was thwarted by her sister. These
scandals had a major effect upon Grange's health, but in 1732 this improved when he publicly celebrated
his wife's funeral. The major difficulty with this celebration was that his wife was still alive and held as
a prisoner, a fact unknown to any of her friends.
Lady Grange lodged with a Mrs Maclean in Edinburgh. On the night of 22 January 1732, Mrs Maclean
allowed a number of highlanders dressed in the Lovat tartan to enter the house, where they seized
Lady Grange and carried her off to Linlithgow. She was then taken to Falkirk and then Pomeise, where
she was concealed in a closet for three months before being moved, travelling only at night and not
sleeping in a bed for weeks, to the west coast where she was placed in a sloop and taken to the island
of Hesker, where she remained for five years. At the end of this period, she was taken to the lonely
island of St. Kilda, the westernmost island of the Outer Hebrides, 40 miles from the nearest land, where
she was kept for another seven years. Finally, she was taken to Skye, where she died in May 1745.
Her release from St. Kilda was made possible only after the visit to the island of a minister and his wife
to whom she told her story. Eventually she was able to convey her situation to friends on the mainland
who despatched a brig to her assistance.
When her strange history became known, Lord Grange argued that his wife was mad, and that there was
no asylum fit for such patients in Scotland; what better could he have done than to provide her with a
retreat where she was at once secure from escape and safe from injury? On the other hand, it seems
far more likely that Lady Grange was confined because she was privy to too many secrets relating to
the Jacobite cause and her madness caused the Jacobites constant fears that she might betray them.
James Burnett, Lord Monboddo
The following is extracted from "The Emperor of the United States of America and Other
Magnificent British Eccentrics" by Catherine Caufield (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London 1981)
Lord Monboddo was a man of individual opinions, maintaining, among other things, that
orang-outangs are a human species, capable of speech. He also believed that babies are
born with tails but that there is a conspiracy of silence among midwives, who cut them
off at birth. Monboddo was a careful observer at the births of his own children, but in each
case the midwife outwitted him and managed to destroy the evidence.
According to the biographer Robert Chambers [in "Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen']
Monboddo was 'by far the most learned judge….of his time.' Monboddo would not have found
this a flattering comment, as he heartily despised 'his time': he had a passion for the ancients,
their way of life and language. Though he was a just and compassionate landlord, Monboddo
approved of slavery on the grounds that Plutarch had defended it. He also attempted to revive
the religious beliefs of ancient Greece. Hearing of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary, Monboddo expressed
shock that a man of Johnson's ability could waste his time on English when Greek was clearly
the only language worth preserving.
He lived quite simply, partly as a result of refusing to use any tool or convenience not enjoyed
by the Greeks. In 1785, on one of his rare visits to London he was invited to observe a trial
in progress at the Court of the King's Bench. The proceedings were interrupted when someone
ran into the courtroom shouting that the roof was falling in. Panic ensued as lawyers, judges
and witnesses all ran to the door and tried to force their way out. Monboddo, who was deaf
and short-sighted, sat through the entire episode quite calmly, making no attempt to join the
fleeing masses. Finally, it was realised that the warning had been a false alarm and everyone
returned to their seats. Asked how he had managed to remain so calm in the face of threatened
disaster. Monboddo replied that he had supposed that he was watching an annual ceremony with
which, as an alien to the English laws, he had no concern, but which he considered interesting
to witness as a remnant of antiquity.
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This extract provides only a view of Monboddo's eccentricities. In reality, Monboddo was a
pioneer in the sciences of historical linguistics and Darwinian evolution, having outlined the basic
principles of natural selection well in advance of Darwin.
For further reading on Monboddo, see the chapter headed 'The judge who visited wild men' in
John Michell's book 'Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions' (Thames and Hudson, London 1984).
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