John Russell, WS (1780 - 1862)

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Birthplace: Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: Died
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About John Russell, WS

Biographical Summary

Russell, John. 22/02/1780-30/01/1862. Ref: 1319. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Dunkeld, Perthshire.
  • Profession: Writer to the Signet.
  • Appointments Held: WS 1803; Third Clerk 1815-30, Jury Court; Principal Clerk of Session 1842-58.
  • Training: Apprentice to James Dundas.
  • Marital Status: Married (1810) Cecilia Murray d.1833.
  • Family: son Alexander James Russell, FRSE 1814-87.
  • Mother: Eleanora Robertson.
  • Father: John Russell,FRSE 1753-92.
  • Other Family: Grandson of Principal William Robertson FRSE 1721-93.
  • References: History of the Society of Writers 308; Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 5, 1862-6, 32-3; Footnote to Scott's "Journal" I, entry for January 24, 1827, p.345; Register of The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet 1983, 277.
  • Memberships: Highland Society(1806).
  • Date of Election: 03/02/1823.
  • Proposers: James Russell, 2/12/1822, (ms Proposal, NLS Acc. 10,000/43).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1857-9, Treasurer 1838-57.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 811

"Russell, John - Only son of John Russell, W.S. Born 22nd February 1780. Died 30th January 1862. Married 10th June 1810, Cecilia, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Murray, son of William Murray of Touchadam, Stirlingshire. Third Clerk to Jury Court, 1815-30. Principal Clerk of Session, 9th May 1842-58."

SOURCE: A history of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, page 177

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John Russell, WS's Timeline

1780
February 22, 1780
Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland
1810
June 10, 1810
Age 30
1814
June 21, 1814
Age 34
1862
January 20, 1862
Age 81