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Henry Cockburn

(1779—1854) author and judge


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(1779–1854).

Scottish advocate, judge, and diarist, whose Memorials of his Time (1856) remains one of the most vivid accounts of Scottish politics and Edinburgh society. A well‐connected Whig who spent his whole life in Edinburgh, a successful and talented criminal advocate, Cockburn was a founder member of the Edinburgh Review. He became solicitor‐general for Scotland in 1830, drafted the Scottish Reform Act, and was promoted to the Scottish bench in 1834. His strongly topographical Circuit Journeys, written while he was a circuit judge, is a neglected masterpiece.

Subjects: British History.


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