Sir George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath

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George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath

Death: Died in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Cause of death: Shot
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Lockhart, of Lee and Martha Douglas
Husband of Philadelphia Wharton
Father of George Lockhart of Carnwath and Barbara Lockhart
Brother of Anne / Anna Lockhart; Sir William Lockhart of Lee and Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill, Lord Castlehill
Half brother of Mary Crawford

Managed by: Alisdair James Smyth
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About Sir George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath (c. 1630 - 1689) was a Scottish lawyer. The son of Sir James Lockhart of Lee, laird of Lee, he was admitted as an advocate in 1656. He was knighted in 1663, and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in 1672. He was celebrated for his persuasive eloquence. In 1674, when he was disbarred for alleged disrespect to the Court of Session in advising an appeal to parliament, fifty barristers showed their sympathy for him by withdrawing from practice. Lockhart was readmitted in 1676, and became the leading advocate in political trials, in which he usually appeared for the defence...

...He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lanarkshire in 1681/82 and 1685/86. He was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session in 1685, and a Privy Counsellor and a commissioner of the Exchequer in 1686. Lockhart purchased the extensive estates of the Earls of Carnwath in Lanarkshire, which were inherited by his eldest son, George Lockhart of Lee (1673–1731), whose mother was Philadelphia, daughter of Lord Wharton...

...Lockhart was murdered in Edinburgh by John Chiesley, the father of Lady Grange. Chiesley had been unhappily married to Margaret Nicholson, mother of their ten children. Margaret took her husband to court for alimony. She was awarded 1,700 merks by Sir George. Furious with the decision, Mr. Chiesley shot Lockhart dead on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh as he walked home from church on Easter Sunday, 31 March 1689. The assailant made no attempt to escape and confessed at his trial, held before the Lord Provost the next day. Two days later he was taken from the Tolbooth to the Mercat Cross on the High Street. His right hand was cut off before he was hanged, and the pistol he had used for the murder was placed round his neck."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'George Lockhart (advocate)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 June 2012, 14:58 UTC, <> [accessed 3 September 2012]

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Sir George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath's Timeline

Age 45
December 16, 1677
Age 47
March 31, 1689
Age 59
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland