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HOG, SIR ROGER, LORD HARCARSE, described by Laing as “a learned and upright judge,” the son of William Hog of Bogend, advocate, was born in Berwickshire about 1635. He was admitted advocate on 25th June 1661, and in November 1677 was appointed a lord of session, when he was knighted by Charles the Second. On 18th November 1678 he succeeded Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill as one of the lords in the justiciary court. At this period he represented the county of Berwick in the Scottish parliament. In 1688 he was removed from the bench by James the Seventh, for his non-compliance with the wishes of government, in a cause regarding the tutors of the young marquis of Montrose. In 1689 Mr. Robert Pitilloch, advocate, published a pamphlet against Lord Harcarse, entitled ‘Oppression under Colour of Law,’ for improper judicial interference in favour of his son-in-law, Aytoun of Inchdairuie. This curious production was reprinted by Mr. Maidment, advocate, in 1827. His lordship spent his latter years in retirement, and died in 1700, leaving a Dictionary of Decisions from 1681 to 1692, which was published in 1757.

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