Sir George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath

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Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath, Lord Carnwath

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: March 31, 1689 (59)
murdered on Easter Sunday by Chiesly of Kersewell and Dalry, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (Shot)
Place of Burial: Greyfriars Kirkyard Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland PLOT Mackenzie Tomb MEMORIAL ID 147056916
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Lockhart, Liard van Lee and Martha (Douglas) Lockhart
Husband of Philadelphia (Wharton) Ramsay - Lockhart
Father of George Lockhart 2nd of Carnwath; Barbara Lockhart and Philip Lockhart
Brother of Sir William Lockhart of Lee, Kt.; Anne (Lockhart) Lockhart; Mary LOCKHART; Sir John Lockhart, Lord of Castlehill; Jean Lockhart and 1 other

Occupation: Held the office of Lord Advocate and Lord President of the Court of Session
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]

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clan Lockhart People Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath

Sir George Lockhart of Lee, Lockhart of Carnwath, (1673 – 1731) Scottish writer, spy and politician. Lockhart, who was member for the city of Edinburgh in the Parliament of Scotland, was appointed a commissioner for arranging the union with England in 1705. After the union he continued to represent Edinburgh, and later the Wigtown burghs. His sympathies were with the Jacobites, whom he kept informed of all the negotiations for the union; in 1713 he took part in an abortive movement aiming at the repeal of the union.

Lockart was the source of intelligence revealing the extensive bribery of Scottish parliamentarians prior to the Treaty of Union, giving rise to the famous Robert Burns line: “bought and sold for English gold”. He published a list of bribes paid by the English Treasury.

He was deeply implicated in the rising of 1715, the preparations for which he assisted at Carnwath and at Dryden, his Edinburgh residence. He was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle, but probably, through the favour of John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, he was released without being brought to trial; but his brother Philip was taken prisoner at the Battle of Preston and condemned to be shot, the sentence being executed on the 2nd December 1715. After his liberation Lockhart became a secret agent of the Pretender; but his correspondence with the prince fell into the hands of the government in 1727, compelling him to go into concealment at Durham, England, until he was able to escape furth of Great Britain. Argyll’s influence was again exerted in Lockhart’s behalf, and in 1728 he was permitted to return to Scotland, where he lived in retirement till his death in a duel on the 17 December 1731.

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Sir George Lockhart, Lord Carnwath's Timeline

Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 45
December 16, 1677
Age 47
March 31, 1689
Age 59
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
March 31, 1689
Age 59
Greyfriars Kirkyard Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland PLOT Mackenzie Tomb MEMORIAL ID 147056916

Birth: 1630, Scotland
Death: Mar. 31, 1689
City of Edinburgh, Scotland

1st of Carnwath.

"In the same tomb also is interred Sir George Lockhart, son of Sir James Lockhart of Lee, who was appointed Lord Advocate and knighted in 1663. He represented the county of Lanark in the Scottish Parliament in 1685, and was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session. He was waylaid and murdered by John Chiesley of Dalry, on coming from church in Edinburgh, 31st March 1689.
So falls our glory ; with one fatal blow
Gone is that head which did us justice show ;
That tongue from which such well-toned words did come,
And charm'd us all, is now for ever dumb."
(Greyfriars MIs google.books)

Family links:
Philadelphia Wharton Ramsay (1655 - 1722)*

*Calculated relationship

Greyfriars Kirkyard
City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Plot: Mackenzie Tomb

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Age 59