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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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Haldane, Richard Burdon, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928), politician, educationist, and lord chancellor

H. C. G. Matthew.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: UK Politics; Education. 10648 words.

Haldane, Richard Burdon, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928), politician, educationist, and lord chancellor, was born at 17 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, on 30 July 1856. He was the second son (but...

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...

Smith, Adam (bap. 1723, d. 1790), moral philosopher and political economist

Donald Winch.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy; Economics; Political Economy. 13397 words.

Smith, Adam (bap. 1723, d. 1790), moral philosopher and political economist, was baptized on 5 June 1723 at Kirkcaldy, a small port on the Forth. His father, also Adam Smith (1679–1723),...

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...