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CodeNA7483
Dates1747-1811
Person NameHay; Charles (1747-1811); Advocate, Edinburgh
SurnameHay
ForenamesCharles
EpithetAdvocate, Edinburgh
ActivityCharles Hay was an advocate and the only judge appointed by the short-lived Whig government in 1806 - 1807. He was described by Henry Cockburn ('Memorials of his Time', 1856) as 'a man famous for law, paunch, whist, claret, and worth'. Of these, claret seems to have been his chief interest and he was a prominent figure in the Edinburgh drinking society of his day, but he was greatly respected, admired and liked as an able judge. He was the son of James Hay of Cocklaw, WS.
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