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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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Allen, John (1771–1843), political and historical writer

W. P. Courtney.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Political Theory; Education; History. 1155 words.

Allen, John (1771–1843), political and historical writer, was born at Redford, in the parish of Colinton, near Edinburgh, on 3 February 1771. His father, James Allen, a writer to the signet...

Nisbet, Alexander (1657–1725), heraldic writer

Rosalind K. Marshall.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Genealogy, Heraldry, Names, and Honours; Local and Family History; Education; History. 570 words.

Nisbet, Alexander (1657–1725), heraldic writer, was born in Edinburgh in April 1657 and was baptized on the 23rd, the eldest son and the third of the ten children of Adam Nisbet (d. 1674),...

Hope, John (1807–1893), lawyer and philanthropist

John Wolffe.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Society and Culture; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 748 words.

Hope, John (1807–1893), lawyer and philanthropist, was born at Dalry House, near Edinburgh, on 12 May 1807, the elder son of James Hope (d. 1842), writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (dnull...

Drummond, Thomas (1797–1840), administrator in Ireland and military engineer

Stanley H. Palmer.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 4165 words.

Drummond, Thomas (1797–1840), administrator in Ireland and military engineer, was born in Castle Street, Edinburgh, on 10 October 1797. His father, James Drummond (1764/5–1800), a member of...

Jameson, Sir Leander Starr, baronet (1853–1917), medical practitioner and colonial administrator

Donal Lowry.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Medicine and Health. 4814 words.

Jameson, Sir Leander Starr, baronet (1853–1917), medical practitioner and colonial administrator, was born on 9 February 1853 at 5 Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, the youngest of eleven...

Chancellor, Sir John Robert (1870–1952), army officer and colonial governor

T. I. K. Lloyd.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Land Forces and Warfare; US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism. 1087 words.

Chancellor, Sir John Robert (1870–1952), army officer and colonial governor, was born in Edinburgh on 20 October 1870, the second son of Edward Chancellor (1828–1907), writer to the signet,...

Johnston, Sir Reginald Fleming (1874–1938), colonial administrator and Sinologist

Robert Bickers.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Education. 2438 words.

Johnston, Sir Reginald Fleming (1874–1938), colonial administrator and Sinologist, was born at Goshen House, Jordan Lane, Morningside, Edinburgh, on 31 October 1874, the second of three...

Lumsden, Dame Louisa Innes (1840–1935), promoter of women's education, headmistress, and suffragist

Elizabeth J. Morse.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Politics; Gender and Politics; Social and Cultural History; History of Gender and Sexuality. 3112 words.

Lumsden, Dame Louisa Innes (1840–1935), promoter of women's education, headmistress, and suffragist, was born on 31 December 1840 in Aberdeen. She was the seventh and youngest child of...