Gray, W. Forbes. Some Old Scots Judges: Anecdotes and Impressions. Originally published: New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1915. xii, 317 pp. Frontispiece. Thirteen plates. Reprinted 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774969; ISBN-10: 1584774967. Hardcover. New. $29.95 * Gray [1874-1950] draws on "anecdotes and contemporary testimony" to illuminate the personalities of Kames, Monboddo, Gardenstone, Braxfield, Hailes, Eskgrove, Balmuto, Newton, Hermand, Eldin, Jeffrey and Cockburn. As he states in the preface, he attempts "to show what manner of men those old Scots jurisconsults were--to present a conspectus of their philosophy of life. Accordingly, much space is devoted to setting forth their ideas and ideals, to recording their habits, their daily walk and conversation, their studies, their recreation, their manner of comporting themselves in the various relationships of life. In short, every effort has been made to shed as much light as possible upon their morals and their manners, their wit and their wisdom" (vi). A pleasure to read, this book contains a good deal of information that is not available elsewhere.
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