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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


272 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [High Street lawyer and judge. Admitted an advocate at the early age of nineteen, he obtained a full share of practice, and the rooms of his mansion in Elphinstone Court were frequently crowded byhis clients; but having gained a cause in which the celebrated Lockhart (Lord Covington) was the opposing counsel, that eminent barrister, in bitter chagrin at his signal defeat, styled him ?a presumptuous boy.? Young Wedderburn?s reply was so terribly sarcastic as to draw upon him a severe rebuke from England, resided here while practising at the Scottish Bar. He was born in East Lothian, in 1733, where his great-grandfather, Sir Peter Wedderburn of Gosford, was a man of influence in the reign of Charles II., and rose to be an eminent courts for ever, was called to the English bar in 1753, and soon gained fresh fame as counsel for the great Lord Clive ; and in I 768-9 his eloquence in the famous Douglas cause won him the notice of Lord Camden and the friendship of the Earls of Bute and Mansfield. He sat in the Commons as member for the Inverary Burghs, and for Bishop?s Castle, and in 1780 was raised to the British peerage as Lord Loughborough, in the county of Leicester. In April, 1783, he united with Lord one of the judges, on which he threw off his gown, and declared that never again would he plead in a place where he was subjected to insult. A11 unaware of the brilliant future that awaited him, with great regret he quitted the Scottish ELPHINSTONE COURT.
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