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writer to the Signet

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In Scotland, a senior solicitor conducting cases in the Court of Session; originally a clerk in the Secretary of State's office who prepared writs for the Signet.

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Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet

Lionel Alexander Ritchie.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; History; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 585 words.

Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet, was born on 16 August 1798, the eldest of four children of Peter Anderson (1768–1823), a solicitor in Inverness, and his...

Ker, Major Allan Ebenezer

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence. 41 words.

VC, late The Gordon Highlanders

Born e s of Robert Darling Ker, Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet; died 12 Sept. 1958

Mackay, Aeneas James George (1839–1911), legal and historical writer

A. H. Millar.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; History. 730 words.

Mackay, Aeneas James George (1839–1911), legal and historical writer, born at Edinburgh on 3 November 1839, was the only son of Thomas George Mackay, writer to the signet, and his wife,...

Dickson, Lt-Col Maurice Rhynd

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Publishing; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 105 words.

DSO 1918

Born 2 Jan. 1882; s of John Farquhar Dickson and Ann Macdonald; m 1910; three d; died 10 Jan. 1940

Writer to the Signet; Partner of J. & W....

Edmond, John Philip

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Literature; Publishing. 102 words.

Born 28 July 1850; e s of J. Edmond, bookbinder, Aberdeen; m 1872, Barbara Janet, y d of William Sinclair, wholesale druggist; one s three d; died 30 Jan. 1906

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Muirhead, John Henry (1855–1940), philosopher

C. G. Robertson.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy. 1215 words.

Muirhead, John Henry (1855–1940), philosopher, was the third son of John William Muirhead (d. 1857), writer to the signet, of Glasgow, and his wife, Mary Burns (d. 1891), who claimed a...

Ferrier, James Frederick (1808–1864), philosopher

Kirk Willis.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy. 1216 words.

Ferrier, James Frederick (1808–1864), philosopher, was born on 16 June 1808 at 15 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, the eldest son of John Ferrier, barrister and writer to the signet, and Margaret...

Monro, David Binning (1836–1905), classical scholar

L. R. Phelps.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Classical Studies. 1041 words.

Monro, David Binning (1836–1905), classical scholar, was born at Edinburgh on 16 November 1836, the eldest child of the four sons and two daughters of Alexander Binning Monro, writer to the...

Erskine, William (1773–1852), historian of India

Katherine Prior.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; History. 1489 words.

Erskine, William (1773–1852), historian of India, was born in Edinburgh on 8 November 1773, the seventh child of David Erskine (d. 1791), son of John Erskine (1695–1768) and writer to the...

Mackenzie, William Forbes (1807–1862), politician and temperance reformer

H. C. G. Matthew.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Ethical Issues and Debates; UK Politics. 404 words.

Mackenzie, William Forbes (1807–1862), politician and temperance reformer, born on 18 April 1807 at Portmore, Peeblesshire, was the third and eldest surviving son of Colin Mackenzie, writer...

Blair, Lt-Col Alexander Stevenson

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Publishing; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 179 words.

CMG 1916; CBE 1933; TD; DL; JP; Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh; BA (Oxon)

Born 3 June 1865; e s of late Patrick Blair, Advocate, Sheriff-Substitute of...

Lewis, Agnes Smith (1843–1926), Arabic and Syriac scholar and novelist

Christa Müller-Kessler.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers); Education. 1392 words.

Lewis, Agnes Smith (1843–1926), Arabic and Syriac scholar and novelist, was born Agnes Smith on 16 April 1843 in Irvine, Ayrshire. She was the elder identical twin daughter of John Smith (dnull...

Welsh, James (1775–1861), army officer in the East India Company

R. H. Vetch.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Land Forces and Warfare. 1361 words.

Welsh, James (1775–1861), army officer in the East India Company, was born in Edinburgh on 27 October 1775, the son of John Welsh, writer to the signet, and his wife, Primrose Hook, née Gas...

Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate

Trevor A. Hart.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Theology. 2210 words.

Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer...

Tytler, William (1711–1792), lawyer and historian

A. J. G. Mackay.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; History; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 578 words.

Tytler, William (1711–1792), lawyer and historian, was born in Edinburgh on 12 October 1711, the eighth of the twelve children of Alexander Tytler, writer to the signet, and Jane, the...

Abbott, Sir Frederick (1805–1892), army officer in the East India Company

R. H. Vetch.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Land Forces and Warfare. 979 words.

Abbott, Sir Frederick (1805–1892), army officer in the East India Company, was the second son of Henry Alexius Abbott of Blackheath, Kent, a retired Calcutta merchant, and his wife,...

Pringle, John Christian (1872–1938), Church of England clergyman and social work administrator

Anne Pimlott Baker.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social Work; Protestantism and Protestant Churches. 1065 words.

Pringle, John Christian (1872–1938), Church of England clergyman and social work administrator, was born on 27 August 1872 at 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, the second son of Robert Pringle...

Napier, Mark (1798–1879), lawyer and historian

H. C. G. Matthew.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; History; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 626 words.

Napier, Mark (1798–1879), lawyer and historian, born on 24 July 1798, was descended from the Napiers of Merchiston, near Edinburgh. His father was Francis Napier, a writer to the signet in...

Matthews, Robert Charles Oliver [Robin] (1927–2010), economist and economic historian

P. Howlett.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

P ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; History; Economics. 1036 words.

Matthews, Robert Charles Oliver [Robin] (1927–2010), economist and economic historian, was born on 16 June 1927 at 18 Walker Street, Edinburgh, the son of Oliver Harwood Matthews, a writer...

Abbott, Sir James (1807–1896), army officer

R. H. Vetch.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Land Forces and Warfare. 1375 words.

Abbott, Sir James (1807–1896), army officer, third son of Henry Alexius Abbott of Blackheath, Kent, a retired Calcutta merchant, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Welsh, writer to...