Sir John Gilmour, Kt., of Craigmiller

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John Gilmour

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: UK
Death: August 14, 1671 (66)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Gilmour of Lochmalony, Fife and Elizabeth Edmond
Husband of Margaret Gilmour
Father of Sir Alexander Gilmour, 1st Baronet of Craigmillar; Margaret Gilmour; Jean Gilmour and Helen Baird
Brother of Sir Andrew Gilmour of Edinburgh, 1st Baronet

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About Sir John Gilmour, Kt., of Craigmiller

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Sir John Gilmour of Craigmillar (1605 – 14 August 1671) was a Scottish judge, who served as Lord President of the Court of Session from 1661 to 1670. He was the son of John Gilmour, Writer to the Signet, and became an advocate on 12 December 1628...

...In 1641 he was appointed by Parliament to act for the Royalist Earl of Montrose, who was charged with intrigues against the Marquis of Argyll. Gilmour subsequently became associated with the Royalist party, and following the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, he was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session by the King, on 13 February 1661. The Court of Session, the supreme civil court in Scotland, had not sat for the eleven years of the Interregnum, but resumed in June that year. The same year, Gilmour was appointed a privy counsellor, and was elected to the Parliament of Scotland, representing Edinburgh, and acting as a Lord of the Articles. Although a Royalist, he was a moderate. He sided with Lauderdale, the King's chief minister in Scotland, against the Earl of Middleton, who wished to reintroduce Episcopacy into Scotland. After the failed uprising of the Covenanters at Rullion Green in 1666, he refused to vote for the execution of the captured rebels...

...In 1660, Gilmour purchased the adjacent estates of The Inch and Craigmillar, to the south-east of Edinburgh, and renovated part of Craigmillar Castle as his home. He resigned as Lord President on 22 December 1670, and died the following year. His son, Sir Alexander Gilmour of Craigmillar, was created a baronet in 1678."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Gilmour of Craigmillar', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 January 2012, 12:31 UTC, <> [accessed 18 September 2012]

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Sir John Gilmour, Kt., of Craigmiller's Timeline

Age 51
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August 17, 1662
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Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
August 14, 1671
Age 66