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Henry Erskine

Also Known As: "Lord Advocate of Scotland"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: October 8, 1817 (70)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan and Agnes Erskine, Countess of Buchan
Husband of Christian Erskine and Erskine Munro
Father of Henry David Erskine, 12th Earl of Buchan and Elizabeth Crompton Callander
Brother of David Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan; Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine KT PC KC; Lady Isabella Erskine; David Erskine, Lord Cardross and Hon. Esmé Steuart Erskine

Occupation: Lord Advocate of Scotland
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Hon. Henry Erskine

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"The Honourable Henry "Harry" Erskine (1 November 1746 – 8 October 1817) was a Scottish Whig politician and lawyer.

Background and education

Erskine was the third but second surviving son of Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, by Agnes, daughter of Sir James Steuart, 7th Baronet. He was the brother of David Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, and Lord Chancellor Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine. He was educated at St Andrews University, Edinburgh University and the University of Glasgow. He was described as "a tall and rather slender figure, a face sparkling with vivacity, a clear sweet voice, and general suffusion of elegance".

Legal and political career

Erskine served as Lord Advocate from 1783 to 1784 in the Fox-North Coalition and again from 1806 to 1807 in the Ministry of All the Talents. He was advocate and state councillor to the Prince of Wales in Scotland from 1783. He was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates from 1785 to 1795, but was not re-elected, having condemned the "sedition" and "treason" bills as unconstitutional.

Erskine sat as Member of Parliament for Haddington Burghs from April to November 1806,[3] and for Dumfries Burghs from 1806 to 1807. He was appointed as a Commissioner to inquire into administration of justice in Scotland in 1808. In 1811 he gave up his practice at the bar and retired to his country residence of Almondell, in Linlithgowshire. Described as a "friend of the poor", he published The Emigrant, an Eclogue, 1773 and other poems.


Erskine married firstly Christian, daughter of George Fullerton, in 1772. They had two sons and two daughters. Their eldest son, Henry, succeeded as 12th Earl of Buchan on his uncle's death in 1829. After Christian's death in May 1804 Erskine married as his second wife Erskine, daughter of Alexander Munro and widow of Sir James Turnbull, in 1805. This marriage was childless. Henry Erskine died in October 1817, aged 70. A bust of Erskine by Peter Turnerelli stands in Parliament Hall in Edinburgh."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Henry Erskine (lawyer)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 22 December 2012, 05:17 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Henry_Erskine_(lawyer)&oldid=529224925> [accessed 4 May 2013]

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Hon. Henry Erskine's Timeline

November 1, 1746
Edinburgh, Scotland
July 1783
Age 36
October 8, 1817
Age 70