It occurred to me,
several years ago, as a pity, that no private account should be
preserved of the distinguished men or important events that had marked
the progress of Scotland, or at least of Edinburgh, during my day. I had
never made a single note with a view to such a record. But about 1821 I
began to recollect and to inquire.
Such is the brief account which Lord Cockburn, writing in the year 1840,
gives of the origin of his Memorials.
What is now presented to the public by his Executors was accordingly
written between 1821 and the close of the year 1830. Some alterations
and additions however, though only to a small extent, were made at times
subsequent to 1830.
It may further be explained, that the characters of some eminent menas
for example Henry Erskine and the first Lord Melville, and the details
of some remarkable eventssuch as the establishment of the Edinburgh
Review and its great public effects, have been omitted in this
publication, because they are contained, with no very material
variation, in Lord Cockburns Life of Lord Jeffrey.
Edinburgh, May 1856.
BirthHigh School of EdinburghDr. Alexander Adam, etc. Gala Water,
etc.NiddriePrestonfieldCollege of EdinburghProfessor DalzelProfessor
FinlaysonDugald Stewart The Academical SocietyState of Manners and
Society Principal RobertsonDr. Adam FergusonDr. Joseph Black Dr.
HenryDr. Thomas MacknightDr. ErskineDr. CarlyleProfessor RobisonOld
LadiesTests of Loyalty Dearth of 1795-6Speculative SocietyState of
Colliers and Salters.
Passed AdvocatePolitical State of ScotlandTown Council of
EdinburghSedition Trials of 1793-4Royal Infirmary of EdinburghDr.
James GregoryParliament House, etc.Lord MonboddoLord SwintonLord
BraxfieldLord Eskgrove Lord President CampbellLord HermandLord
Meadowbank Lord Cullen.
State of the BarRobert BlairRobert DundasCharles Hope Bells
CommentariesHumes CommentariesReporters of DecisionsEdinburgh
ReviewArchibald ConstableWilliam CreechState of the Mercantile
ClassesBellevueGillespies HospitalStewarts Lectures on Political
EconomySydney Smith, etc., leave EdinburghJohn AllenJohn Leyden
John RichardsonLord Webb SeymourChief-Baron MontgomeryHope Lord
Advocate, and Lord Justice-ClerkThe War; the Volunteers, etc.Edinburgh
Police Establishment Case of Professor LeslieScotts Lay of the Last
Minstrel State of Edinburgh Society.
The Whigs in Office, 1806Dugald Stewart, printer of the Edinburgh
GazetteTrial of Lord MelvilleScheme for Reform of the Court of
SessionCharles Hay, Lord NewtonMurder of BegbieMade an
Advocate-DeputeGeneral Assembly of the Church of ScotlandPrincipal
HillDr. InglisSir Henry MoncreiffState of the ChurchRev. Mr.
StruthersNew Prison on Calton Hill, and Waterloo BridgeDawn of Modern
Scottish ArtDivision of the Court of SessionRetirement of President
CampbellBlair, PresidentGraham the Macer Death of Dr. AdamMr.
Pillans, his SuccessorRetirement of Dugald StewartDr. Thomas Brown,
his SuccessorThe Horticultural SocietyThe Commercial BankDismissed
from the Office of Advocate-DeputeMarriage ; BonalyDeath of President
BlairDeath of Lord MelvilleAdvance of the junior Whig LawyersJohn
PlayfairHenry MackenzieSir James HallWalter ScottMrs. HamiltonMrs.
Grant of LagganThe Astronomical InstitutionSociety for the Suppression
of BeggingLancastrian SchoolDeath of John Clerk of EldinContested
Election for Mid-LothianLord WoodhouseleeMurray the Orientalist.
Peace, 1814Publication of WaverleyMeeting in Edinburgh against West
Indian SlaveryNew Town DispensaryDr. Andrew DuncanImprovement of
Architectural TasteWilliam StarkWilliam PlayfairJeffrey at CraigcrookMusical
FestivalThe Jury Court EstablishedAdam, Lord Chief CommissionerLord
PitmillyMeeting in Edinburgh against the Income TaxGeorge
WilsonNational MonumentEpiscopalian ChapelsRev. Archibald
AlisonSalisbury Crags, etc., improved The Scotsman Newspaper
Death of Francis HornerBlackwoods MagazineEevival of Question of
Burgh ReformTrials for Sedition and Administering Unlawful OathsTrial
of Andrew MKinlayFuneral Sermons on the death of Princess Charlotte.
The City Guard of Edinburgh AbolishedOld Justiciary Circuits,
etc.Agitation against the North Bridge BuildingsDiscovery of the
Scottish RegaliaDeath of Malcolm LaingProceedings in the Merchant
Company, and the Guildry of Edinburgh Edinburgh Water CompanyWater
CarriersDinner in honor of BurnsThe Royal Institution for Promotion of
the Fine ArtsDeaths of Lord Webb Seymour and Professor Playfair Adam
RollandThe Radical WarDeath of George III. Lord Erskines Visit to
EdinburghDeath of Dr. Thomas BrownChair of Moral Philosophy offered to
Mackintosh Improvement of North LochPraying for the QueenUnited
Associate SynodJeffrey, Lord Rector of GlasgowPantheon Meeting in
EdinburghFirst Public Fox Dinner The Beacon NewspaperThe School of
ArtsReform in the Mode of Choosing Juries in Criminal CasesFox Dinner,
1822 Exhibition of Williams Water ColoursCommissioners of Edinburgh
Police; Police Bill "The Sentinel NewspaperDuel between Mr. Stuart
and Sir Alexander Boswell Trial of Mr. StuartMr. Abercrombys Motion
in the House of Commons on the Scotch Press, etc.Moray Place, etc.Fox
Dinner, 1823 Petition for Reform of the Representation of Edinburgh.
Matthew RossJohn Clerk, a JudgeReform in Court of Session Botanical
GardenOffice of Lord AdvocateFox Dinner, 1824Bill for Reform of
Representation of EdinburghThe Edinburgh AcademyRev. Dr.
ChalmersGreat Fires in EdinburghFox Dinner, 1825Dinner to
BroughamEdinburgh ImprovementsLeith and the Town Council of Edinburgh
Bankruptcy of Sir Walter ScottJoint-Stock ManiaProposal to check the
Circulation of Scotch Bank NotesNew Markets in EdinburghTrinity
ChurchTrinity HospitalCranstoun, a JudgeMoncreiff, Dean of
FacultyMinistry of Canning, etc.Appointment of Deputy-Keeper of the
SignetRepeal of Test and Corporation ActsDeath of Dugald Stewart
Visit to AbbotsfordThe West-Port MurdersMeeting for Catholic
EmancipationScotch Boards of Custom and Excise AbolishedDeath of Lord
AllowayMoncreiff, a Judge Jeffrey, Dean of FacultyDeath of Hugh
WilliamsThe Scottish AcademySchemes for Improving the Mound, etc.Abercromby,
Chief-Baron, etc. Meeting on French Revolution Anti-Slavery Meeting
Parliamentary ReformMinistry of Earl GreyAppointed Solicitor-General
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