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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...

Murray, David (1842–1928), lawyer and antiquary

Michael S. Moss.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 925 words.

Murray, David (1842–1928), lawyer and antiquary, was born at Glasgow on 15 April 1842, the eldest son of David Murray, a writer to the signet in Glasgow, and Ann Hunter Guthrie. He attended...

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...

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...