Alexander Falconer, Lord Falconer

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About Alexander Falconer, Lord Falconer

Eldest son of Sir Alexander Falconer of Halkertoun, by Agnes, eldest daughter of Sir David Carnegie of Colluthie. He took his seat as an Ordinary Lord in place of Lord Woodhall, deceased, on the 9th July 1639, and was chosen by the King and Parliament a judge ad vitam aut culpam in November 1641. He was one of the commissioners for the shire of Kincardine in the Parliament of 1643, and subsequent years of Charles I., and took a prominent share in the business of that stirring period. He was appointed a commissioner for the plantation of kirks in 1644, and a commissioner of exchequer on the 1st February 1645. He was raised to the peerage by the title of Lord Falconer of Halkertoun, 20th December 1647, and was a member of the committee of Estates appointed that year. A decreet was pronounced against him on the 15th February 1649, on account of his "malignancy," by which he was deprived of his seat in the College of Justice, but he was re-appointed at the Restoration, and continued to fill the office until his death on the 1st October 1671.

SOURCE: An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice: From Its Institution in MDXXXII; by George Brunton, David Haig; 1832; Page 299