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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


I74 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Charlotte Square. Bank, near Edinburgh; Arnsheen, in Ayrshire ; Redcastle, Inverness-shire ; Denbrae, Fifeshire; and Gogar Bank in Midlothian. He died on the 27th of May, 1836, Lady Fettes having pre-deceased him on the 7th of the same month. By his trust disposition and settlement, dated 5th July 1830, and several codicils thereto, the last being dated the 9th of March, 1836, he disponed his whole estates to and in favour of Lady Fettes, his sister Mrs. Bruce, Mr. Corrie, Manager of the British Linen Company, A. Wood, Esq. (afterwards Lord Wood), and A. Rutherford, Esq. (afterwards Lord Rutherford), as trustees ; the purposes of the trust, which made ample provision for Lady Fettes in case of her survival, being :-(I) The payment of legacies to various poor relations ; ( 2 ) Bequests to charitable institutions ; and (3) The application of the residue to ?? form an endowment for the maintenance, education, and outfit of young people whose parents have either died without leaving syfficient funds for that purpose, or who from innocent misfortune during their own lives are unable to give suitable education to their children.? The trust funds, which at the time of the amiable Sir William?s death amounted to about &166,000, were accumulated for a number of years, and reached such an amount as enabled the trustees to carry out his benevolent intentions in a becoming manner ; and, accordingly, in 1864 contracts were entered into for the erection of the superb college which now very properly bears his name. Lord Cockburn, that type of the true old Scottish gentleman, ?? whose dignified yet homely manner and solemn beautygave his aspect a peculiar grace,? and who is so well known for his pleasant and gossiping volume of ?? Memorials,? and for the deep interest he took in all pertaining to Edinburgh, occupied No. 14 ; and the next house was the residence of Lord Pitmilly. James Wolfe Murray, afterwards Lord Cringletie, held No. 17 in 1811; and the Right Hon. David Boyle, Lord Justice Clerk, and afterwards Lord Justice General, occupied the same house in 1830. Lieutenant-General Alexander Dirom, of Mount Annan, and formerly of the 44th regiment, when Quartermaster-General in Scotland, rented No. I 8 in I 8 I I. He was an officer of great experience, and had seen much service in the old wars of India, and, when major, published an interesting narrative of the campiign against Tippoo Sultan. Latterly his house was occupied by the late James Crawfurd, Lord Ardmillan, who was called to the bar in 1829, and was raised to the bench in Jacuary, 1855. At the same time No. 31 was the abode of the Right Hon. Wlliam Adam, &ord Chief Commissioner of the Jury Court, the kinsman of the architect of the Square, and a man of great eminence in his time. He was the son of Adam Blair of Blair Adam, and was born in July, 1751. Educated at Edinburgh, he became a member of the bar, but did not practise then ; and in 1774 and 1794 he sat for several places in Parliament. In the latter year he began to devote himself to his profession, and in 1802 was appointed Counsel for the East India Company, and four years afterwards Chancellor for the Duchy of Cornwall. After being M.P. for Kinross, in 18 I I he resumed his professional duties, and was deemed so sound a lawyer that he was frequently consulted by the Prince of .Wales and the Duke of York. In the course of a parliamentary dispute with Mr. Fox, about the first American war, they fought a duel, which happily ended without bloodshed, after which the latter remarked jocularly that had his antagonist not loaded his pistols with Government powder he would have been shot. In 1814 he submitted to Government a plan for trying civil causes by jury in Scotland, and in the following year was made a Privy Councillor and Baron of the Scottish Exchequer. In I 8 I 6 an Act of Parliament was obtained instituting a separate Jury Court in Scotland, and he was appointed Lord Chief Commissioner, with two of the judges as colleagues, and to this court he applied all his energies, overcoming by his patience, zeal, and urbanity, the many obstacles opposed to the success of such an institution. In 1830, when sufficiently organised, the Jury Court was, by another Act, transferred to the Court of Session, and when taking his seat on the bench of the latter for the first time, complimentary addresses were presented to him from the Faculty of Advocates, the Society of Writers to the Signet, and that of the solicitors before the Supreme Courts, thanking him for the important benefits . which the introduction of trial by jury in civil cases had conferred on Scotland. In 1833 he +red from the bench, and died at his house in Charlotte Square, on the 17thFebruary, 1839, in his 87th year. ? In 1777 he had married Eleanora, daughter of Charles tenth Lord Elphinstone. She died in 1808, but had a family of several sons-viz., John, long at the head of the Council in India, who died some years before his father; Admiral Sir Charles, M.P., one of the Lords of the Admiralty ; William George, an eminent King?s Counsel, afterwards Accountant-General in the Court of Chancery; and Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick, who held a command at the battle of Waterloo, and was afterwards successively Lord High Commissioner to the Ionian Isles and Governor of Madras.
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