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The Scottish Bar Fifty Years Ago - Sketches of Scott and his contemporaries.

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This project is to identify profiles who had biographies and sketches in the book The Scottish Bar Fifty Years Ago - Sketches of Scott and his contemporaries which was published in 1871.

The intent of this project is not to tag profiles with this project, rather it is to attach the sketch to the relevant profile.

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Preface from Reference Artefact

In presenting to the Public, and especially to the members of the Scottish Bar, a series of portraits illustrative of its aspect fifty years ago, a very few words of introduction will suffice. The original drawings were executed, with one exception, between the years 1816 and 1820, by the late Robert Scott Moncrieff, Esq. of Fossaway, Advocate ; and were highly esteemed by Sir Henry Raeburn, to whom some of them were shown, and by other good judges. He was often requested to publish them, — but in vain. His family feel, however, that the time has now come when this may be done with advantage to the public, and they are glad to think that it has been accomplished in such a manner as to do justice to the work of a beloved and revered Parent. Biographical notices of high literary value have been supplied from the best sources by the kindness of a friend, himself a member of the Faculty, whose name at once commands respect, and guarantees the accuracy of his part of the work. The Centenary of Sir Walter Scott gives present interest to a work which shows that great man in the capacity in which he was for many years best known in his ' own romantic town,' — acting as Clerk of Session, and placed among his distinguished contemporaries on the Bench and at the Bar, few of whom at that time knew the secret of the wonderful sheets which passed rapidly from his pen, while he was apparently engaged in taking diligent notes of their speeches. The task of photographing the portraits has been entrusted to Mr Annan of Glasgow, who has reproduced them with wonderful success.

It only remains to be stated that any profits from this work, after deducting necessary expenses, will be made over to the widow of one intimately connected with the name of Scott, the Architect of his Monument. Her circumstances are unfortunately such as to render this desirable, and it would have been as much in accordance with the benevolent heart of the Poet, as of his whose pencil has preserved his features in this volume, to assist by every means in their power one so deserving of the liberality of the Edinburgh public, as Mrs Kemp, whose misfortunes give her a claim on their compassion, and to whose husband their city is indebted for one of its finest ornaments.

Edinburgh, Aug. 1871.