The correspondence consists of: a letter to Mr. Gore about the ruins of Dundrennan Abbey, 1840; letters from Lady Rutherfurd to D. R. Hay, 1851; and, letter to Professor C. P. Smyth, 1851.
Correspondence of Andrew, Lord Rutherfurd (1791-1854)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Andrew Rutherfurd was born on 13 December 1791. He was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and then studied at Edinburgh University. He became an advocate in 1812 and soon built up a practice. In 1833 he was appointed as a member of the Commission of Inquiry into the State of the Laws and Judicatories of Scotland. In 1837, during Lord Melbourne's second administration, Rutherfurd was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland. In 1839 he was promoted to Lord Advocate and also became the MP for Leith Burghs. In 1840 he saw the Bill for the Amendment of the Scottish Law of Evidence through the Commons. In 1845 he was installed as Rector of Glasgow University, and that same year he spoke in Edinburgh in favour of the repeal of the Corn Laws. He had resigned as Lord Advocate when Sir Robert Peel came to power in 1841 but was re-appointed by Lord Russell in 1846. Andrew, Lord Rutherfurd, died on 13 December 1854.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.17. Robinson-Sheares. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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