Archibald Campbell Swinton
Archibald Campbell Swinton
|Died||27 November 1890(aged 78)|
|Education||University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh|
|Occupation||Barrister, author, politician, professor of civil law|
|Men of the Merse, The Swintons of that Ilk and their Cadets|
|Relatives||James Rannie Swinton Tilda Swinton|
Early life and familyEdit
Archibald Campbell Swinton was born the elder son of John Campbell Swinton WS of Kimmerghame, Berwickshire, and Catherine Rannie, his wife, and grandson of Archibald, fourth son of John Swinton of Swinton, Berwickshire, all members of Clan Swinton. His younger brother, James Rannie, became a fashionable portrait artist, and sisters Catherine and Elizabeth, shared an interest in art. His father had law offices and a house at 9 Shandwick Place in Edinburgh's West End, just off Princes Street.
Career and Later LifeEdit
He passed the Scottish bar as an advocate in 1833, and acquired a large legal practice. He initiated an important reform in the system of reporting criminal trials. He lived and worked at 9 Gloucester Place in Edinburgh's Second New Town.
In 1852 he was elected professor of civil law in Edinburgh University, his lectures being largely attended. He resigned the professorship on succeeding in 1872 to the Kimmerghame estate, and devoted himself to political work. He served on various royal commissions, and by his oratorical powers and legal knowledge won a foremost place as a layman in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
He died on 27 November 1890.
He married twice: firstly Katherine Margaret Pringle (d.1846), daughter of Sir John Pringle of Stitchell, bart.; and secondly, Georgina Caroline Sitwell, daughter of Sir George Sitwell of Renishaw, bart.
Besides a lecture on ‘Men of the Merse’ (privately printed, Edinburgh, 1858, 8vo), Swinton published a family history entitled ‘The Swintons of that Ilk and their Cadets’ (Edinburgh, 1883, 8vo), which had originally been contributed in 1878 to the ‘Proceedings of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club’ (information supplied by the bishop of Winchester; Times, 6 December 1890).
- Julie Sheldon, ed. (2009). The Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake. Liverpool University Press. p. 81. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1812
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1840
- Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1844
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1862
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. .