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PENNEY, a surname not very common in Scotland, but apparently derived from the coin of that name. An eminent lawyer of this surname, William Penney, was in May 1858 appointed a judge of the court of session, when he assumed the judicial title of Lord Kinloch. He was born in Glasgow, 8th August, 1801, being the eldest son of William Penney, merchant in that city, by the daughter of the Rev. David Johnston, D.D., minister of North Leith. He was educated at the university of Glasgow, and for a short time assisted his father in his counting-house. The bent of his mind leading him to the study of the law, in 1824 he passed advocate, and long had a considerable practice at the bar. He is the author of a work called ‘The Circle of Christian Doctrine, A Handbook of Faith, framed out of a Layman’s Experience,’ Edin. 1861. Lord Kinloch married, 1st, in 1828, the daughter of Charles Campbell, Esq. of Leckuary, Argyleshire. She died in 1839, and in 1842 he married, 2dly, the daughter of John Campbell, Esq. of Kinloch, Perthshire, from which estate his judicial title has been assumed. Issue of both marriages, 13 sons and daughters. His two elder sons went to Bombay. His eldest daughter married Colonel Frazer, commandant of Agra during the Indian mutiny, and was left a widow.

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