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Kay's Originals Vol. 2


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 465 changes were effected in the forms of process j and the Jury Court, as a separate judicature, was abolished. Mi. Bell was appointed one of the Principal Clerks of Session in 1831, in the place of Sir Walter Scott. In 1833 he waa called upon to act as chairman of the Royal Commission to examine into the state of the Law in general. He died 33d September 1843. VI1.-WILLIAM ROSE ROBINSON, of Clermiston, in the county of Edinburgh, late Sheriff of Lanark, passed advocate in 1804. His father, George Robertson of Clermiston, was a Writer to the Signet. Prior to his being appointed to the office of Sheriff; which compelled his residence in the west country, Mr. Robinson had very good practice as an advocate. He married, 8th April 1811, Mary, second daughter of James Douglas, Esq., of Orchyarton, by whom he left several children. He died in 1834, and was succeeded as Sheriff of Lanark by Archibald Alison, Esq. VIIL-JOHN WRIGHT, lecturer on law-formerly noticed (vol. I. p, 268). 1X.-JOHN GRAHAM DALYELL, afterwards SIR J. G. DALYELKLn, ight and Baronet, the author of a valuable work on the Early Superstitions of Scotland, was born in 1778, and admitted advocate in 1797. He was the second son of the late Sir Robert Dalyell, fourth Bart. of Binns, Linlithgo-wshire, by Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Nicol Graham, Esq., of Gartmore, and early in life distinguished himself by the publication of various works illustrative of the history and poetry of his native country ; amongst which may be enumerated Fragments of Scottish History, 4to ; Scottish Poems of the Sixteenth Century, 2 vols., 12mo ; an edition of Richard Bannatyne's valuable Memorials, 8vo ; and various tracts on the Chartularies of Ancient Religious Houses in Scotland. He was also deeply versed in natural history, and gave to the world Dissertations on the Propagation of Zoophytes ; the History of the Genus Planaria ; and an edition of Spallanzani's Tracts, in 2 vols. 8170. He was successively President of the Society for encouraging the Useful Arts in Scotland, Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries, and one of the representatives of the Fourth District in the Town-Council of Edinburgh. In the year 1837 the honour of knighthood was conferred, by letters patent under the Great Sed, for his attainments in literature. He succeeded his brother as sixth Baronet in 1841, and died 7th June 1 85 1. X.-FRANCIS JEFFREY, afterwards LORD JEFFREY. a biographical sketch, of his lordship have already appeared A Portrait, with XI.-JOHN JARDINE passed advocate in 1799. He was the only son of the late George Jardine, who was for upwards of fifty years a distinguished Professor in the University of Glasgow, and who introduced that system of practical discipline in the Philosophy Classes, for which that seminary has been since so much distinguished, and which is fully explained by the Professor in VOL. II. 30
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