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Encyclopedia > David Rae, Lord Eskgrove

Sir David Rae, Lord Eskgrove (c.1724?-1804) was a Scottish judge. Events January 14 - King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne February 20 - The premiere of Giulio Cesare, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel, takes place in London June 23 - Treaty of Constantinople signed. ... 1804 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

He studied law at Edinburgh University, and became a Lord of Session in 1782, and a Lord of Justiciary in 1785, taking the judicial title Lord Eskgrove. He was appointed Lord Justice Clerk in 1799, holding office until his death. He was one of the judges who tried Thomas Fyshe Palmer and other Scots charged with sedition. His son William Rae was a Member of Parliament and Lord Advocate. The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 as a renowned centre for teaching in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... The Court of Session is the supreme civil court in Scotland. ... Seal of the High Court of Justiciary © Crown Copyright The High Court of Justiciary is Scotlands supreme criminal court. ... The Lord Justice Clerk is the second most senior Judge in Scotland. ... Sir William Rae (1769 - 1842), 3rd Baronet, was a Scottish politician and lawyer. ... Her Majestys Advocate, known as the Lord Advocate (Morair Tagraidh in Scots Gaelic), was the chief legal adviser of the United Kingdom Government and the Crown in Scotland for both civil and criminal matters until the passing of the Scotland Act 1998. ...

He was created a baronet in 1804. He died the same year, and is interred in Inveresk Kirkyard. Inveresk is to the south of Musselburgh in East Lothian, Scotland. ...

Rae is remembered by Lord Henry Cockburn in his book Memorials of His Time (published posthumously in 1856), as a “considerable lawyer” who became a deplorable judge, and Cockburn concludes “a more ludicrous personage could not exist.” Henry Cockburn (1779 - 1854), was a Scottish judge and biographer. ...

"When I first knew him he was in the zenith of his absurdity. People seemed to have nothing to do but to tell stories of this one man. To be able to give and anecdote of Eskgrove, with a proper imitation of his voice and manner, was a sort of fortune in society. (Sir Walter) Scott in those days was famous for this particularly. Whenever a knot of persons were seen listening in the Outer House to one who was talking slowly, with a low muttering voice and a projected chin, and then the listeners burst asunder in roars of laughter, nobody thought of asking what the joke was. They were sure it was a successful imitation of Esky; and this was enough. Yet never once did he do or say anything which had the slightest claim to be remembered for any intrinsic merit. The value of all his words and actions consisted in their absurdity."
"He seemed, in his old age, to be about the average height; but as He then stooped a good deal, he might have been taller in reality. His face varied, according to circumstances, from a scurfy red to a scurfy blue; his nose was prodigious; the under lip enormous, and supported on a huge clumsy chin, which moved like the jaw of an exaggerated Dutch toy. He walked with a slow steady step—something between a walk and a hirple, and helped himself on by short movements of his elbows, backwards and forwards, like fins. The voice was low and mumbling, and on the bench was generally inaudible for some time after the movement of the lips showed that he had begun speaking; after which the first word that was let fairly out was generally the loudest of the whole discourse. It is unfortunate that, without an idea of his voice and manner, mere narrative cannot describe his sayings and doings graphically."
Preceded by:
Robert Macqueen
Lord Justice Clerk
Succeeded by:
Charles Hope
The Lord Justice Clerk is the second most senior Judge in Scotland. ... Charles Hope (1763 - 1851), was a Scottish politician and judge The eldest son of John Hope (1739-85), he studied law at Edinburgh University. ...

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Lord Justice Clerk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (353 words)
The Lord Justice Clerk is the second most senior Judge in Scotland, behind the Lord President of the Court of Session.
This was recognised by the Privy Council of Scotland in 1663 and the Lord Justice-Clerk became the effective head of the reformed High Court of Justiciary in 1672 when the court was reconstituted.
The Lord Justice Clerk now rarely presides at criminal trials in the High Court, with most of his time being spent dealing with civil and criminal appeals and appeals against the grant or refusal of bail.
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