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James Heriot Balfour-Melville, WS (1845 - 1913)

Biographical Summary Balfour, James Heriot — Apprentice to, and eldest son of, James Balfour, W.S. — Born 8th July 1845. Mar. 21st November 1878, Mary Louisa, elder daughter of Sir Davi...

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James Balfour (1815 - 1898)

Biographical Summary Balfour, James . — Apprentice to, and second son of, James Balfour of Pilrig, W.S. — Born 17th February 1815. Mar. 15th August 1844, Eliza Ogilvy, daughter of James...

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John Mackintosh Balfour-Melville of Pilrig and Strathkinness, WS (1811 - 1893)

Biographical Summary Balfour-Melville, John Mackintosh, of Pilrig and Strathkinness — Apprentice to, and eldest son of, James Balfour of Pilrig. — Born 23d September 1811. Mar. 21st Sep...

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Alexander Young Pitcairn, WS (1837 - d.)

Biographical Summary PITCAIRN, ALEXANDER YOUNG . 5th December 1861. Apprentice to Robert Haldane. — Only surviving son of the Rev. Thomas Pitcairn, Free Church Minister at Cockpen. Born 5th ...

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Walter Ewing, WS (b. - 1674)

Biographical Summary EWING, WALTER . 16th October 1658. Apprentice to John Semple. — Son of Ewing of Keppoch, Dumbartonshire. Bied before 1674. Mar. 1st December 1665, Mary, eldest daughter ...

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John Ewing of Craigtoun, WS (b. - 1733)

Biographical Summary EWING, JOHN, OF Craigtoun . 21st July 1704. Apprentice to John Cuninghame of Enterkin. — Son of Walter Ewing, W.S. Died 31st October 1733. Mar. 25th August 1698, Margare...

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George Tweedie Stodart, WS (1841 - 1882)

Biographical Summary STODART, GEORGE TWEEDIE . 14th March 1867. Apprentice to, and third son of, George Tweedie Stodart, W.S. — Born 18th January 1841. Died 23d May 1882, unmamed. SOURCE...

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George Tweedie Stodart of Oliver and Holmeshaw, WS (1799 - 1869)

Biographical Summary STODART, GEORGE TWEEDIE, of Oliver and Holmeshaw . 2d December 1824. Apprentice to Francis Wilson. — Son of Thomas Stodart, Biggarsheils, Lanarkshire. Born 13th October ...

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Robert Stodart Wyld of Gilston, WS (1808 - 1893)

Biographical Summary WYLD OF GILSTON, ROBERT STODART . 16/04/1808-29/10/1893. Ref: 1638. Male. Profession: Writer to the Signet. Appointments Held: WS 1833. Postgraduate Studies: LL.D. Publ...

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David Riddel Stodart, WS (1832 - d.)

Biographical Summary STODART, DAVID RIDDLE . 21st February 1856. Apprentice to, and second son of, John Riddle Stodart, W.S. — Born 12th October 1832. Mar. 2d April 1861, Louisa Flora Wilhel...

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John Riddle Stodart, WS (b. - 1871)

Biographical Summary STODART, JOHN RIDDLE . 7th July 1815. Apprentice to Andrew Storie. — Fifth son of Robert Stodart of Kailzie, Peeblesshire. Died 5th February 1871. Mar. 5th July 1826, Je...

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Alexander Lambe Robertson, WS (1794 - 1868)

Biographical Summary ROBERTSON, ALEXANDER LAMBIE . 18th November 1817. Apprentice to (1) James Home; and (2) Patrick Wishart. — Third son of Alexander Robertson of Prenderguest, Berwickshire...

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John Kirkpatrick Campbell of Glenfeochan, WS (b. - 1826)

Biographical Summary CAMPBELL, JOHN KIRKPATRICK, or Glenfeochan . 25th November 1796. Apprentice to John Campbell, Junr. — Son of Archibald Campbell of Jura, Argyllshire. Died 28th April 182...

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John Steuart of Dalguise, WS (1799 - 1881)

Biographical Summary STEUART, JOHN, of Dalguise . 7th June 1825. — Apprentice to Harry Davidson. — Eldest son of Charles Steuart of Dalguise, Perthshire. Born 7th August 1799. Died 29th...

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William Buchanan of Ardoch, WS (1777 - 1864)

Biographical Summary BUCHANAN, WILLIAM, of Ardoch . 23d November 1802. — Apprentice to (1) George Johnston ; and (2) Frederick Fotheringham. — Son of Thomas Buchanan of Ardoch, Hatter i...

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William Mercer, WS (b. - 1853)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 144

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Hugh Smith Mercer, WS (b. - 1803)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 144

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Ronald Campbell of Balerno, WS (b. - 1726)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 34

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Ronald Dunbar, WS (b. - 1753)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 60

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John Moir of Hillfoot, WS (b. - 1804)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 147

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John Moir of Hillfoot, WS (b. - 1802)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 147

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John Inglis of Auchindinnie, WS (b. - 1731)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 107

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Archibald Nisbet of Carfin, WS (b. - 1695)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 156

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James Stuart, Younger of Dunearn, WS (1775 - 1849)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 196

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John Walker, WS (1815 - 1879)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 208

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Robert Gillespie Smyth of Gibliston, WS (1777 - 1855)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 188

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David Erskine, WS (b. - 1791)

Biographical Summary ERSKINE, DAVID . 18th June 1764. Apprentice to (1) Hew Crawford, and (2) James Robertson-Barclay.— Fourth son of John Erskine of Carnock and Cardross, Advocate. Died at ...

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David Erskine, WS MP (1772 - 1847)

Biographical Summary ERSKINE, DAVID . ?-05/04/1791. Ref: 499. Male. Place of Death: Naples, Italy. Profession: Writer to The Signet. Appointments Held: WS 1764; Legal Practice in Edinburgh; D...

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Alexander Farquharson, WS (1703 - 1735)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 66

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Matthew Sandilands of Couston, WS (b. - 1821)

Biographical Summary SANDILANDS, MATTHEW, of Couston — Apprentice to (1) James Home ; and (2) Walter Scott. — Only son of Rev. Matthew Sandilands, Minister of Eccles. Died 3d August 182...

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James Brisbane, WS (deceased)

Biographical Summary BRISBANE, JAMES — Apprentice to Robert Watson. — Second son of James Brisbane of Brisbane. Mar. (1) 1691, Anna, second daughter of John Cranston of Glen, Peeblesshi...

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Archibald Gibson, WS (b. - 1666)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 76

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Colin Campbell of Carwhin, WS (1652 - 1715)

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 31 The Scots peerage , Vol. II, page 190

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Thomas William Watson, WS (1864 - 1935)

Biographical Summary Watson, Thomas William — Apprentice to C. B. Logan, J. W. Moncreiff, and G. G. Soote. — Son of John Watson of Earnock. Born 31st October 1864. SOURCE: The Socie...

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Robert Irving, WS (1704 - 1772)

Biographical Summary Irving, Robert — Apprentice to Thomas Goldie. — Second son of William Irving of Bonshaw, Dumfriesshire. Died 20th November 1772. Mar. January 1764, Mary, daughter o...

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William Veitch of Elliock, WS (1671 - 1747)

Biographical Summary Veitch, William, of Eliock — Apprentice to John Frank. — Son of Alexander Veitch of Lyne, Merchant and Burgess of Peebles. Born 2d January 1671. Died 25th October 1...

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James Skelton, WS (1799 - 1882)

Biographical Summary Skelton, James — Apprentice to Robert Fleeming. — Son of John Skelton, Sheriff-Substitute at Kinross. Born 1799. Died 14th May 1882. Mar. 11th October 1830, Margare...

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Robert Ellis, WS (c.1796 - 1868)

Biographical Summary Ellis, Robert — Apprentice to Adam Gib Ellis. — Son of William Ellis, S.S.C, Edinburgh. Died 18th July 1868, aged 72. mar. 16th July 1829, Margaret Gillespie, eldes...

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Adam Gibb Ellis, WS (1794 - 1864)

Biographical Summary Ellis, Adam Gib — Son of William Ellis, S.S.C. Born 1794. Died 13th May 1864. Mar. 8th August 1823, Catherine, third daughter of Major David Robertson, Edinburgh. Fiscal, ...

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William Ellis, WS (1830 - d.)

Biographical Summary Ellis, William — Apprentice to, and son of, Robert Ellis, W.S.— Born 22d July 1830. SOURCE: The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 64

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John Hunter, WS (1801 - 1869)

Biographical Summary Hunter, John . — Apprentice to Walter Cook. — Eldest son of Dr. James Hunter, Professor of Logic in University of St. Andrews. Born 1801. Died 3d December 1869. Mar...

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George Cumming of Relugas, WS (1746 - 1804)

Biographical Summary Cuming, George, of Relugas — Apprentice to (1) William Budge; and (2) John Mackenzie of Delvin. — Fourth son of Dr. Patrick Cuming of Relugas, Minister at Edinburgh...

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Patrick Anderson, WS (c.1755 - 1809)

Biographical Summary Anderson, Patrick — Apprentice to Walter Scott. — Second son of James Anderson of Kingask and Newbigging, Advocate. Died 24th December 1809, aged 54. Mar. 14th Sept...

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Charles Oliphant, WS (1771 - 1852)

Biographical Summary Oliphant, Charles — Apprentice to William Balderston. — Son of Charles Oliphant, Merchant in Edinburgh. Bmi 1771. Died 28th October 1852. Mar. 2d July 1830, Eleanor...

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Alexander Wight, WS (b. - 1829)

Biographical Summary Wight, Alexander — Apprentice to James Chalmers. — Son of James Wight, Farmer, Duncrahill, East Lothian. Died 22d February 1829. Mar. (1) Jane, daughter of William ...

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Edmund Cyprian Cuningham, WS (1853 - d.)

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John Dundas, WS (1803 - 1873)

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Ralph Dundas, WS (1843 - d.)

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Ralph James Dundas, WS (1795 - 1824)

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Patrick Russell of Kellerstain, WS (1771 - 1799)

Biographical Summary Russell, Patrick, or Kellerstain — Apprentice to John Russell, Sen., and John Russell, Jun. — Fifth son of John Russell, W.S. Born 1771. Died 9th April 1835. Mar. 2...

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Leslie Melville Balfour, WS (1854 - 1937)

Biographical Summary Balfour, Leslie Melville — Apprentice to James Mylne. — Sixth son of James Balfour, W.S. Born 9th March 1854. Mar. 25th November 1879, Jeaiiie A., eldest daughter o...

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Archibald Campbell Ferrier, WS (1773 - 1814)

Biographical Summary Ferrier, Archibald Campbell — Apprentice to (1) David Erskine, and (2) James Dundas. — Second son of James Ferrier, W.S. Bom 15th August 1773. Died 25th December 18...

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John Gibson, WS (1789 - 1879)

Biographical Summary Gibson, John — Apprentice to, and eldest son of, Archibald Gibson, W.S. — Born 1st February 1789. Died 31st January 1879. Mar. (1) 21st July 1818, his cousin, Cathe...

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Archibald Gibson, WS (1760 - 1845)

Biographical Summary Gibson, Archibald — Apprentice to Thomas Cockburn. — Only son of Rev. John Gibson, Minister of St. Cuthbert's. Died 9th April 1845. Mar. (1) 22d September 1785, Gra...

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James Maitland-Heriot of Ramornie, WS (1774 - 1848)

The Scots peerage , Vol. V, page 316 The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890; page 98

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Andrew Duncan, WS (b. - 1724)

Biographical Summary Duncan, George — Apprentice to Ronald Campbell. — Died about 1724. Mar. 31st December 1708, Helen, daughter of James Balfour, Merchant, Edinburgh. SOURCE: The S...

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Alexander Stevenson of Montgreenan, WS (b. - 1755)

Biographical Summary Stevenson, Alexander, of Montgreenan — Apprentice to Thomas Pringle. — Son of Hugh Stevenson of Montgreenan, Ayrshire. Died 25th February 1755. Mar. 19th December 1...

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Archibald Stevenson of Montgreenan, WS (b. - 1791)

Biographical Summary Stevenson, Archibakd , of Montgreenan. — Apprentice to, and eldest son of, Alexander Stevenson of Montgreenan, Ayrshire, W.S.— Died 13th July 1791. SOURCE: The ...

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George Balfour, WS (1711 - 1751)

Biographical Summary Balfour, George — Apprentice to (1) John Mein, and (2) Alexander Stevenson of Montgreenan. — Son of James Balfour of Pilrig. Died 28th March 1751. Mar. October 1739...

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James Balfour of Pilrig, WS (1774 - 1860)

Biographical Summary Balfour, James, of Pilrig — Apprentice to James Gibson. — Eldest son of John Balfour, younger of Pilrig. Born 7th January 1774. Died 20th March 1860. Mar 24th Febru...

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James Law, WS (c.1800 - 1867)

Biographical Summary Law, James . — Apprentice to Walter Dickson. — Son of James Law of Elvingstone, Surgeon in Edinburgh. Died 7th October 1867, aged 67. Mar. 29th July 1828, Mary, eld...

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William Jamieson of Rosefield, WS (b. - 1825)

Biographical Summary Jameson, William, of Rosefield — Apprentice to Robert Boswell. — Only son of William Jameson, Mason, and Deacon Convener of the Trades, Edinburgh. Died 26th June 18...

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Robert Cargill, WS (b. - 1867)

Biographical Summary Cargill, Robert — Apprentice to Hugh Watson. — Son of James Cargill, W.S. Died 21st February 1867. SOURCE: The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet ; 1890...

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James Cargill, WS (deceased)

Biographical Summary Cargill, James — Apprentice to James Stewart. — Son of Walter Cargill, Merchant in Dunkeld. Mar. --, daughter of William Jamiesou, Architect in Edinburgh. Resigned ...

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John Tait, WS (1786 - 1832)

Edgar, James. Genealogial collections concerning the Scottish house of Edgar, with a memoir of James Edgar . Published by London Grampian Club in 1873. page 14 The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's...

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John Edgar of Bridgelands, WS (b. - 1799)

Edgar, James. Genealogial collections concerning the Scottish house of Edgar, with a memoir of James Edgar . Published by London Grampian Club in 1873. page 14 The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's...

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John Tait, WS (b. - 1817)

Edgar, James. Genealogial collections concerning the Scottish house of Edgar, with a memoir of James Edgar . Published by London Grampian Club in 1873. page 14 The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's...

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Robert Cathcart of Drum, WS (1773 - 1812)

John Burke, Bernard Burke. A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland, Volume 3 (Published by H. Colburn in 1850) page 61 The Society of Writers to Her Maj...

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Robert Sym, WS (1752 - 1845)

SYM, ROBERT, W.S. ; born in Glasgow 1752 ; came to Edinburgh in his youth ; a man of mark in literary society; uncle of "Christopher North" and the "Timothy Tickler" of the Node* Ambrotiana; died in 18...

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John Tait of Harvieston, WS (b. - 1802)

Biographical Summary Tait, John, of Harvieston — Apprentice to William Fraser of Ford.— Eldest son of Thomas Tait of Buthlaw, Aberdeenshire. Died 11th March 1802. Mar. March 1764, Charl...

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John Gray of Newholm, WS (1731 - 1811)

Biographical Summary Gray, John — Apprentice to John Dickie. — Eldest son of William Gray of Newholm. Died 15th February 1811. Mar. Marion, daughter of the Rev. James Brown, one of the ...

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William Tytler of Woodhouselee, WS (1711 - 1792)

Biographical Summary Tytler of Woodhouselee, William . 12/10/1711-12/09/1792. Ref: 1536. Male. Place of Birth: Edinburgh. Place of Death: Woodhouselee, Midlothian. Profession: Writer to the S...

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James Fraser Tytler of Woodhouselee, WS (1780 - 1862)

Biographical Summary Tytler of Woodhouselee, James . 09/10/1780-10/10/1862. Ref: 1534. Male. Profession: Writer to the Signet. Appointments Held: WS 1803; Lyon Depute 1827-; Crown Agent 1829-32...

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John Syme of Cartmore, WS (b. - 1821)

Biographical Summary Syme, John, of Cartmore — Apprentice to Samuel Mitchelson, Jun. — Eldest son of David Syme of Cartmore. Died 19th June 1821. Mar. 20th October 1795, Barbara, daught...

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Samuel Charters Somerville, WS (1776 - 1825)

Biographical Summary Somerville, Samuel Charters — Apprentice to John Tait. — Second son of the Rev. Thomas Somerville, D.D., Minister of Jedburgh. Died 18th June 1823. Mar. 16th July 1...

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James Gardiner, WS (1811 - 1879)

Biographical Summary " Gardiner, James, of Haughhead — Apprentice to Alexander Dallas and Thomas Innes. — Son of the Rev. Matthew Gardiner, D.D., Minister of Bothwell. Born 19th May 181...

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Alexander James Russell, WS (1814 - 1887)

Biographical Summary Russell, Alexander James . 21/06/1814-08/01/1887. Ref: 1313. Male. Profession: Writer to the Signet. Appointments Held: WS 1837; Senior Partner, Russell & Nicolson, CS, lat...

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Alexander Dunbar, WS (deceased)

Biographical Summary Dunbar, Alexander — Apprentice to Alexander Home. — Son of Mr. James Dunbar, Minister of Abbey St. Bathans. SOURCE: The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Sign...

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Alexander Boswell, WS (1781 - 1850)

Biographical Summary Boswell, Alexander — Apprentice to, and second son of, Robert Boswell, W.S. — Born 1781. Died 30th August 1850. Mar. 30th August 1803, Mary, daughter of John Sandem...

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Robert Boswell of St Boswells, WS (1746 - 1804)

Biographical Summary Boswell, Robert, of St. Boswells — Apprentice to Thomas Tod. — Second son of Dr. John Boswell, Physician in Edinburgh. Born 30th January 1746. Died 1st April 1804. ...

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William Bell of Hunthill, WS (1783 - 1849)

Biographical Summary Bell of Hunthill, William . ?-19/06/1849. Ref: 137. Male. Profession: Writer to The Signet. Appointments Held: WS 1807; Crown Agent, 1840-1. Training: Apprentice to Hugh ...

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Colin Mackenzie of Portmore, WS (1770 - 1830)

Biographical Summary " Mackenzie, Colin, of Portmore — Apprentice to, and son of, Alexander Mackenzie of Portmore, Peeblesshire, W.S. — Born 11th January 1770. Died 16th September 1830....

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George Muir of Cassencarie, WS (b. - 1783)

Biographical Summary Muir, George, of Cassencarrie - Apprentice to John Davidson of Stewartfield. - Son of William Muir of Cassencarrie, Kirkcudbrightshire. Died 3d September 1783. Mar. 20th April 17...

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William Forbes Skene, WS (1809 - 1892)

Biographical Summary Skene, William Forbes . 07/06/1809-29/08/1892. Ref: 1376. Male. Place of Birth: Inverie, Kincardineshire. Place of Death: Edinburgh. Profession: Writer to the Signet, His...

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Sir Henry Jardine of Harwood, WS (1766 - 1851)

Biographical Summary Jardine of Harwood, Sir Henry . 30/01/1766-11/08/1851. Ref: 812. Male. Titles and British Honours: Knight(1825). Place of Birth: Edinburgh. Place of interment: Canongate ...

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Alexander Cuningham, WS (c.1746 - 1827)

Biographical Summary Cuningham, Alexander — Apprentice to Samuel Mitchelson, Junr. — Eldest son of the Rev. Charles Cuningham, Minister of Tranent. Died 23d February 1827, aged 81. Mar....

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William Gray Cuningham, WS (1800 - 1838)

Biographical Summary Cuningham, William Gray — Apprentice to, and son of, Charles Cuningham of Newholm, W.S. — Born 6th December 1800. Died 31st December 1838. Mar. 21st June 1831, Jane...

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Alexander Cuningham of Newholm, WS (1805 - 1883)

Biographical Summary Cuningham, Alexander, of Newholm — Apprentice to Richard Mackenzie. — Son of Charles Cuningham, of Newholm, W.S. Born 29th April 1805. Died 16th June 1883. Mar. 31s...

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Charles Cuningham of Newholm, WS (c.1774 - 1856)

Biographical Summary Cuningham, Charles, of Newholm — Apprentice to Robert Dundas. — Son of Alexander Cuningham, W.S. Died 27th January 1856, aged 82. Mar. 5th June 1799, Elizabeth, dau...

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Carlyle Bell, WS (c.1779 - 1850)

Biographical Summary Bell, Carlyle — Apprentice to Thomas Cranston. — Youngest son of Thomas Bell, Merchant in London. Died 27th August 1850, aged 71. Mar. (1) 25th December 1806, Joan,...

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Thomas Guthrie Wright, WS (1777 - 1849)

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Robert Haldane of Cloan, WS (1805 - 1877)

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Robert Innes of Blairtoun, WS (b. - 1699)

Biographical Summary " Innes, Robert, of Blairtoun — Apprentice to William Thomson. — Eldest son of Alexander Innes of Blairtoun, Aberdeenshire. Died January 1699. Mar. Sophia Smith. Ly...

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David Monro, 7th of Allan, WS (1696 - 1767)

Biographical Summary "VII. David Monro , born in 1696, and a minor, only seventeen years old. The estate was still loaded with wadsets and almost irretrievably involved in debt. David was educated in...

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Jospeh Gordon of Carrol, WS (1777 - 1855)

Biographical Summary " Gordon, Joseph, of Carroll — Apprentice to Charles M'Intosh. — Eldest son of Captain John Gordon of Carroll, Sutherlandshire. Born 1777. Died 7th March 1855. Mar....

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Sir Hugh Paterson of Bannockburn, 1st Baronet, WS (b. - 1701)

Biographical Summary " Hugh Paterson, of Bannockburn , presumably s. of Hugh Paterson, of Bannockburn, sometime Writer to the Signet, by Elizabeth (m. 18 Aug. 1654, at Edinburgh), da. of Sir Thomas K...

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John Hamilton, WS (deceased)

Biographical Summary " Hamilton, John — Apprentice to Robert Hamilton of Presmennan, his uncle. — Son of Mr. James Hamilton, Minister of Eaglesham. Mar. (1) Rachel Sandilands; and (2) 4...

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James Mackenzie, WS (1780 - 1870)

Biographical Summary " Mackenzie, James — Apprentice to Alexander Grant. — Third son of Henry Mackenzie of the Exchequer, "The Man of Feeling." Died 7th February 1870, aged 90, unmarrie...

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Andrew Mackenzie, WS (b. - 1793)

Biographical Summary " Mackenzie, Andrew — Apprentice to John Mackenzie. — Second son of Kenneth Mackenzie, Professor of Civil Law in the University of Edinburgh. Died 10th September 17...

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Archibald Stuart of Torrence, WS (1725 - 1767)

Biographical Summary " Stuart, Archiabld, of Torrence — Apprentice to Hugh Somerville. — Seventh son of Alexander Stuart of Torrence, Lanarkshire. Died November 1767. Mar. Elizabeth, da...

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