An Account of the Life and Writings of Sir Thomas Craig of Riccarton: Including Biographical Sketches of the Most Eminent Legal Characters, Since the Institution of the Court of Session by James V. Till the Period of the Union of the Crowns

W. & C. Tait, 1823 - 362 pages
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Page 323 - Our author's father, persisting in this refusal, was obliged, at three several times, to quit the kingdom; and, when his return was afterwards connived at, as his principles would not permit him to renew the practice of the law, much less to accept the preferments in it offered him by Oliver Cromwell, he retired to his own estate in the country, where he lived till the restoration, when he was made one of tiie lords of the session by the title of lord Cramond.
Page 322 - ... (GILBERT), the celebrated bishop of Salisbury, was born at Edinburgh, Sept. 18, 1643. His father was the younger brother of an ancient family in the county of Aberdeen, and was bred to the civil law, which he studied for seven years in France. His excessive modesty so far depressed his abilities, that he never made a shining figure at the bar, though he was universally esteemed to be a man of judgment and knowledge in his profession. He was remarkably generous in his practice, never taking a...
Page 273 - With store of ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit or arms, while both contend To win her grace whom all commend.
Page 320 - He went into very high notions of lengthened devotions, in which he continued many hours a day. He would often pray in his family two hours at a time, and had an unexhausted copiousness that way. [He was a deep enthusiast, for] what thought soever struck his fancy during those effusions, he looked on it as an answer of prayer, and was wholly determined by it.
Page 322 - AUTHOR. notes of his own life ; and can warmth, and was, at the same time, so remarkable for his strict and exemplary life, that he was generally called a Puritan : but when he saw, that instead of reforming abuses in the episcopal order, the order itself was struck at, he adhered to it with great zeal and constancy ; as he did to the rights of the crown, without once complying with that party which afterwards prevailed in both nations.
Page 318 - ... kidnap him, in the links of Leith, at his diversion on a Saturday afternoon, and transport him to some blind and obscure room in the country, where he was detained captive, without the benefit of daylight, a matter of three months (though otherwise civilly and well entertained ;) during which time his lady and children went in mourning for him, as dead. But after the cause aforesaid was decided, the Lord Durie was carried back by incognito!), and dropt in the same place where he had been taken...
Page 101 - Balfour, on the other hand, acquired amid the circumstances in which he was bred an acuteuess in anticipating the changes of party and the probable event of political conspiracy which enabled him rarely to adventure too far, which taught him to avoid alike the determined boldness that brings ruin in the case of failure, and that lukewarm inactivity which ought not to share in the rewards of success.
Page 320 - Warriston was my own uncle. He was a man of great application, could seldom sleep above three hours in the twenty-four. He had studied the law carefully, and had a great quickness of thought, with an extraordinary memory. He went into very high notions of lengthened devotions, in which he continued many hours aday.
Page 282 - Scotland had not neede to be well prepared to perswade their mutuall consent, seeing you here have all the great advantage by the Union. Is not here the personal! residence of the King, his whole Court and family? Is not here the seate of Justice, and the fountaine of Government?
Page 213 - A man of rare parts, of a deep wit, learned, full of courage, and most faithful to his King and master. No man ever carried himself in his place more wisely nor sustained it more courageously against his enemies than he did.

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