An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice: From Its Institution in MDXXXII.

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T. Clark; London, Saunders and Benning, 1832 - Judges - 567 pages

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Page 391 - He was both the wisest and the worthiest man that belonged to his country, and fit for governing any affairs but his own ; which he by a wrong turn, and by his love for the public, neglected to his ruin...
Page xlv - Trial on the Civil Law before the Faculty of Advocates and be found by them qualified for the said Office Two years before he be named to be a Lord of the Session, yet so as the Qualifications made or to be made for capacitating Persons to be named Ordinary Lords of Session may be altered by the Parliament of Great Britain...
Page 351 - He often confessed to me, that he thought he was as one bewitched while he drew them ; for, not considering the ill use might be made of them afterwards, he drew them with preambles full of extravagant rhetoric, reflecting severely on the proceedings of the late times, and swelled them up with the highest phrases and fullest clauses that he could invent.
Page 366 - I invocate as judge and witness of my sincere intention of this my oath, that I own and sincerely profess the true Protestant religion contained in the confession of faith...
Page 375 - He had but one maxim, to which he adhered firmly, that he had to do everything, and deny himself in nothing, that might maintain his greatness. He was unhappily made for drunkenness, for he had drunk all his friends dead, and was able to subdue two or three sets of drunkards one after another : so it scarce ever appeared that he was disordered after the greatest drinking : an hour or two of sleep carried all off entirely, that no sign of them remained. He would go about business without any uneasiness,...
Page 384 - He was early engaged in business, and continued in it to a great age. He understood all the interests and concerns of Scotland well : he had a great stock of knowledge, with a mild and obliging temper. He was of a blameless, or rather an exemplary life in all respects.
Page 347 - you will fight me on foot". "Ye carle," says my Lord, "I will let you know that I am a match for you either on foot or on horseback." Whereupon they both alighted; and at the first bout, my Lord gave him a sore stroke on the brow, about an inch above his eyes, which bled so much that he could not see. His Lordship was going to thrust him through the body; but John White, his man, pushed up his sword, and said, "You have enough of him, my Lord".
Page 499 - Kames) as I have heard him frequently acknowledge, learned that habit of logical investigation, which he found of the utmost advantage in the daily practice of his profession as a barrister, and which he carried into all his researches on the subject of law as a 1 Books of Scd.
Page 222 - As a judge he was chiefly remarkable for his shrewdness. ' In an action for the improbation of a writ,' says Forbes in his Journal of the Court of Session,' which the lords were convinced was forged, but puzzled for want of clear proof, the Lord Binning, taking up the writ in his hand, and holding it betwixt him and the light, discovered the forgery by the stamp of the paper, the first paper of such a stamp being posterior to the date of the writ quarrelled.
Page 510 - In all these departments, he discharged his duty with honour and integrity. As a lawyer, he was esteemed an able civilian, he spoke with ease and gracefulness, and in a dialect which was purer than that of most of his contemporaries. As a judge, his demeanour was grave and decorous, and accompanied with a gentleness and suavity of manners, that were extremely ingratiating.

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