Item ARD - Lord Ardmillan letter

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Lord Ardmillan letter


  • c.1870 (Creation)

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Born Hampshire 1805; died Edinburgh 1876.
Educated in Ayr, Edinburgh and at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, James Crauford became an advocate in 1829, building a criminal practice in the justiciary and church courts. In 1849 he became sheriff of Perthshire and in 1853 was appointed solicitor-general for Scotland. He was made a lord of the court of session and then a lord of justiciary in 1855, taking the courtesy title of Lord Ardmillan after the name of his father’s estate in Ayrshire. He held both posts until his death at his residence in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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as letter refers to Hutton Balfour's 'Carson Club', or Carson and Pillans Class Club, a society of school friends, this letter will have been written and retained by Balfour and should be part of his collection of correspondence.

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Part of a letter which refers to old school friends.

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  • English

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Possibly written for 'The Carson Club'.

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  • Box: A01
  • Shelf: E:1:3