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436 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Dr. Dickson was not generally known as an author,l except by a few sermons, preached on public occasions, of which two may be more particularly noticed-the one on the death of his venerable colleague, Sir Henry, in 1827 ; and the other on that of Dr. Andrew Thomson, in 1831. Both discourses were published at the time, and are much valued for the interesting and discriminating views which they give of the respective characters of these highly gifted and eminently distinguished individuals. Dr. Dickson married, in 1808, Miss Jobson, daughter of James Jobson, Esq., Dundee, by whom he had three sons and three daughters. He died on the 28th of July 1842, in the sixty-third year of his age. No. cccxx. TWELVE ADVOCATES WHO PLEAD WITH WIGS ON. FROMth e title of this and a subsequent Plate, it might be inferred by those unacquainted with the practices in our Courts of Law, that a difference in rank exists betwixt those advocates who plead with wigs and those who do not. This is not the case, however, their wearing them being simply a matter of choice. The Portraits, beginning at the top, range from left to right. I.-JOHN BURNETT, son of William Burnett, and nephew of Lord Monboddo, was born at Aberdeen in 1763. He was educated in his native city, but repaired to Edinburgh preparatory to his admission to the bar, of which he became a member in 1785. He was employed long as an Advocate-Depute, and thought to be rather neglected by his party; but he was at length appointed Sheriff of Haddington in 1803, and Judge-Admiral of Scotland in 1809, in the discharge of which duties he displayed the utmost correctness and integrity of conduct. He died on the 7th December 1810, at the premature age of forty-seven. He wrote β€œ A Treatise on various branches of the Criminal Law of Scotland,” Edinburgh, 1811, 4t0, published after his death, and which is held as a standard work. Mr. Burnett married Miss Deborah Paterson, a lady from the West Indies, and who afterwards went to reside in New South Wales. They had several children, of whom three daughters and one son survived.’ He edited an edition of Horsely on the Psalms, a great portion of which was in Hebrew. In the correction β€˜and revisal of the sheets Dr. Dickson displayed the most accurate acquaintance with that language. The eldest daughter, Elizabeth, was married to Captain Twopenny, of the 78th Regiment, the son of an Episcopalian clergyman in Casterton ; the second, h e , to Mr. Grant, a younger aon of Grant
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