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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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466 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. his “Outlines of Philosophical Education.”’ In 1801 Mr. Jardine was, along with the late Lord Medwyn, appointed Collector of Decisions to the Faculty of Advocates, which office they continued to hold till 1807’. In 1802 he married the only daughter of James Bruce of Kinnaird (the celebrated Abyssinian Traveller) and Mary Dundas of Fingask, by whom he had several children. One of his daughters was married to her cousin, Charles Whitley Dundas, then M.P. for Flint, the eldest son of Captain Dundas, Clerk of Ordnance, and grandnephew of the late Lord Amesbury. Mr. Jardine was, during the Grey administration, appointed Sheriff of Ross and Cromarty, which office he held till his death, which took place at his house in Great King Street, Edinburgh, in 1850, when in the 62d year of his age. XI1.-JOHN CUNNINGHAME, late Solicitor-General, and afterwards one of the Judges of the Court of Session, was born at Port-Glasgow in 1782. His father, John Cunninghame, Esq., was a banker in Greenock. After serving his apprenticeship with the late Mr. MNab, as a Writer to the Signet, Mr. Cunninghame passed advocate on the 7th March 1807. At the bar he enjoyed very considerable practice; and in 1830 was appointed Deputy to Lord Jeffrey, who was then Lord Advocate. ’ In 1831 he was appointed Sheriff of Elgin and Moray ; in 1835 Solicitor-General for Scotland j and was raised to the bench on the death of Lord Balgray in 1837. Lord Cunninghame married Miss Margaret Richard Fisher Trotter, eldest daughter of the late Lieutenant General Alexander Trotter, and niece of the late Mr. Trotter of Mortonhall. He resigned his seat on the bench in May 1853, and died the year following. No. CCCXXVII. JOHN ROSE, ESQ. OB HOLME, IN THE UNIFORM OF THE GRANT FENCIBLES. THIS worthy gentleman was born on the 17th January 1744, and died 15th May 1803. He succeeded, while a minor, to the paternal property of Holme, which is beautifully situate on the banks of the Nairn, about eight miles above the burgh of that name, in the county of Inverness, where it borders on that of Nairn. He was apprenticed to a Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh ; but having in early life married Jane, eldest daughter of Alexander Cumming, Esq., of Logie, he relinquished the profession of the law, and resided upon his property. His legal acquirements, however-united as they were with great discrimination, blandness of manner, and a kind heart-were of the utmost importance in settling disputes and preventing ruinous litigation in his neighbourhood. No man was ever more His family was ancient and respectable. 1 Lord Jeffrey attended ProfeasoF Jardine’s class in 1787-8. I
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