The Great Floods of August, 1829, in the Province of Moray and Adjoining Districts (Classic Reprint)

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Sir John, the second Baronet, having early displayed a predi lection for the bar, he went abroad to finish his education at Leyden, and afterwards returned to his native country to prepare himself for the profession he had chosen, and passed advocate in 1668. He was one of those fifty advocates, who, disgusted with the partiality of the judges at that time composing the Court of Session, and more parti cularly with their arbitrary endeavours to crush appeals from their sentences to the King and Parliament, were so spirited as to desert the Court in a body, in February, 1678, and who were, in consequence of this determined step, deprived of the power of exercising the func tions of their profession. He was afterwards restored, along with his companions, in January, 1679. Soon after this, he had the honour of Knighthood conferred upon him. Upon the occasion of Argyle's trial for the alleged treasonable interpretation of the test, in 1681, Lauder, with seven others of his brethren, who formed the Earl's counsel, had nearly been subjected to imprisonment by the tyrannical Scottish Administration of the time, for having, merely as an ordinary piece of duty to their client, signed a favourable Opinion as to the meaning of his expressions. In 1685, he was re turned to the Scotch Parliament for east-lothian, which county he continued to represent for twenty-two years; and in 1689 he was created a Lord of Session, under the title of Lord Fountainhall, by King William and Queen Mary and in 1690 he was made one of the Lords of J usticiary. At that period the office of Lord Advocate was frequently held in conjunction with a seat on the Bench. This situ ation was offered to Fountainhall in 1692, and was refused by him, because he was denied permission to prosecute the inhuman petpe trators of the diabolical Massacre of Glencoe.

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