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Sir Dalrymple

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DALRYMPLE, SIR Davin, a Scottish judge and historical antiquary, commonly known as lord Hailes, was b. at Edinburgh, 28th Oct., 1726. He was the grandson of sir David Dalrymple, youngest and reputedly the ablest son of viscount Stair. He, was educated first at Eton, afterwards at Edinburgh, and finally at Leyden, whence lie returned to Scotland in 1746. In 1748, he was called to the Scottish bar, where his success was highly respectable, but not astonishing. D. was a man of extensive culture and classical tastes, of sound judgment, and great industry, but a very indifferent orator; and, in consequence, men of far inferior powers often acquired a greater reputation and a more lucrative practice. In 1766, lie was appointed one of the judges of the, court of session, and assumed the title of lord Milks, by which he is chiefly known to posterity. His accuracy, diligence, judicial impartiality, and dignified demeanor, secured him the highest respect in his new office. Ten years after, lie was made a justiciary lord. He died 29th Nov., 1792.—Although D.'s official duties were very arduous, he found time

to compose numerous works, surpassing in value those of ninny men whose lives have been wholly devoted to literature. We can afford to mention only a few: A Discourse on time Cowrie Conspiracy (1757); Memorials and Letters relating to the History of Britain in time Reign of fames I. (1762), a curious and interesting volume; The Works of the ever. memorable John Hailes of Eton, etc. (1765); Memorials and Letters relating to the history of Britain in time Reign of Charles I. (1766); Annals of Scotland from the Accession of Mal colm III., surnamed Canmore, to the Accession of Robert I. (1776); and Annals of Scotland from the Accession of Robert I., surnamed the Bruce, to the Accession of the House of Stuart (1779). Besides these, D. wrote works on legal antiquities and ancient church history, edited old Scotch poems, and published sketches of the lives of various notable Scotch men. as specimens of how a Biographia Scotia might be executed.