Laurence Hill of Barlanark, WS

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Laurence Hill of Barlanark, WS

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: December 11, 1792 (37)
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of James Hill of Cartside, MA., Writer and Elizabeth Hill
Husband of Christian Hill
Father of James Hill (died in infancy); Laurence Hill, LLD and Elizabeth Richardson
Brother of Jean Hill; John Hill; Ninian Hill, WS; Charlotte Maria Hill; Lt. Col. Thomas Hill, HEICS and 9 others

Occupation: Writer to the Signet
Managed by: Hamish Macleod Thomson
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About Laurence Hill of Barlanark, WS

From 1755 03 09 Laurence Hill Birth.jpg Birth Register entry seems to read

Hill [son of] James Hill [and] Elizabeth Robertson [a living son] Laurence, witness [Mr?] Lawrence [or Laurence?] & Ninian Hill, born 19th [March 1755] instant

NOTE: Typing ERROR in Early records of an old Glasgow family - Hill family, 1520-1901, by William Henry Hill, Published 1902 p157 gives birth as 9th March 1755

(NOTE: not an error - probably date of record) From Scotland's People Old Parish Registers - Births and Baptisms

29/03/1755 birth or baptism of Laurence Hill, son of James Hill and Elizabeth Robertson, in the parish of Glasgow, parish ref:644/1

From A history of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet with a List of Members of the Society from 1594 to 1890 and an Abstract of the Minutes, Published 1890 p99

Hill, Lawrence, of Barlanark. 12th July 1779.

Apprentice to (1) John Bell; and (2) Alexander Menzies.— Son of James Hill, Writer in Glasgow. Died 11th December 1792

From The House of Commons, 1790-1820, by R.G. Thorne, Published 1986 Volume 12 p652

Lawrence Hill of Barlanark (author of the Political State of 1788) warned William Adam in 1789 that Sir Thomas might lose Orkney:

"I think that there are other counties in Scotland that will be lost from want of care. Professional men, when they are connected with party, have their attention occupied with business—and men of fortune will not give themselves the trouble to do the drudgery of opposition."

From View of the political state of Scotland in the last century : a confidential report on the political opinions, family connections, or personal circumstances of the 2662 county voters in 1788 by Sir Charles Elphinstone Adam Published 1887

From The Scottish Historical Review Vol. 46, No. 141, Part 1 (Apr., 1967), pp. 87-89 - The Political State of Scotland in the Last Century by D. G. Henry

A certain Laurence Hill, almost certainly a writer to the signet, wrote to [William] Adam [of Blair-Adam, the prominent Whig politician] from Edinburgh on 4th January 1789:

"I have been employed for several weeks past in preparing a political state of every county in Scotland, showing the names of the several freeholders, distinguishing the absolute & confidential voters, and by whom the confidential votes are made, with a short scale at the end..."

Hill referred to "the hurry of the term", and as a writer could have obtained the copies of the freeholders rolls without undue comment, thus maintaining the anonymity he wished to preserve.

... On the other hand a person of this name (described as of Barlanark, Lanarkshire) is found among contemporary writers to the signet. This Laurence Hill was born 9th March 1755, eldest son of James Hill of Cathcart, Renfrewshire, writer in Glasgow; educated at Glasgow university; admitted writer to the signet 12th July 1779; married Christian Dreghorn and had one son; succeeded his father 27th December 1791; died at Edinburgh 11th December 1792.

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Laurence Hill of Barlanark, WS's Timeline

March 19, 1755
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 25, 1790
Age 35
July 25, 1791
Age 36
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 11, 1792
Age 37
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 25, 1793
Age 37