|Activity||George Neilson (1858-1923), lawyer and historian, was the son of Edward Neilson, a captain in the mercantile marine and Janet Paterson. Born in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, he was educated at Cummertrees parish school and King William's College, Isle of Man. Neilson served an apprenticeship at Dumfries and attended law classes at Glasgow University, qualifying as a solicitor in 1881. He worked in private practice in Glasgow and was appointed procurator fiscal of police, 1891, and stipendiary police magistrate of Glasgow, 1910, a post he held until just a few months before his death. Neilson married Jane Richardson of Hexham, 1892, and they had a son and a daughter.|
Neilson delivered a series of lectures on Early Scottish Literature, 1903, and that year he was awarded an Hon LL D from University of Glasgow. In 1913 he delivered the Society of Antiquaries Rhind lecture on 'Scottish Feudal Traits'. From 1903 Neilson contributed to the 'Scottish Historical Review'. Neilson's publications include, 'Trial by Combat' (1890); 'Peel, its meaning and derivation' (1894); 'Annals of the Solway' (1899); 'John Barbour, Poet and Translator' (1900).