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Hume, David, 1757-1838 (judge, Baron of the Scottish Exchequer)



  • Existence: 1757 - 1838


David Hume was born on 27 February 1757. His parents were from Berwickshire and Roxburghshire, and he was the nephew of the philosopher David Hume (1711-1776). Hume became an Advocate in 1779 and a Sheriff in Berwickshire in 1784, then afterwards in West Lothian. In 1786, he became Professor of Scots Law at Edinburgh University. Sir Walter Scott attended Hume's classes when a student at the University, in his early years. In 1811, Hume was appointed Principal Clerk to the Court of Session, and in 1822 Baron of the Scots Exchequer, a post which he held until the abolition of the body. He had also been a curator of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh. Hume's publications include Commentaries on the law of Scotland: respecting the description and punishment of crimes (1797), and Commentaries on the law of Scotland respecting trial for crimes (1800). David Hume died at his house in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town on 30 August 1838.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Manuscript Notes from David Hume's Lectures on Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh

Identifier: Coll-2075
Scope and Contents This collection consists of four volumes (numbered 1, 2, 5 and 6) with spine-labels reading "Hume's Lectures on the Scots Law". Topics include marriage, contracts, teinds, tack, adjudication, and succession in heritage. There are near-contemporary ownership inscriptions (Alex Orrock, Newton of Wemyss) to front pastedown of each volume.Vol. 1 and vol. 6 have numerous additional pages of later notes on agriculture and chemistry at the rear, and extracts from A. W. Kinglake's novel...
Dates: 1790

Notes of lectures given by David Hume, Baron of the Scots Exchequer, taken down by person unknown

Identifier: Coll-1291
Scope and Contents

A volume of ink manuscript notes, with pencil annotations, of Hume's Lectures, taken down by a person unknown, but probably a student. The notes relate to lectures delivered between November-December 1805 and with an introductory lecture omitted. Headings include: Marriage; Parent and Child; Guardian and Ward; Master and Servant; and, Personal Rights.

Dates: 1805

Notes of lectures on Scots Law given by David Hume, Baron of the Exchequer

Identifier: Coll-1957
Scope and Contents

Two notebooks containing notes of lectures on Scots law, 1808-1809, given by David Hume, Baron of the Exchequer (Scotland). Notes taken down by person unknown.

Dates: 1808-1809

Notes of lectures on Scots Law given by David Hume, Baron of the Exchequer

Identifier: Coll-1958
Scope and Contents

One notebook containing notes entitled 'Notes of lectures on the law of Scotland, from 'Marriage' to 'General Service', 1810-1811. Lectures given by David Hume, Baron of the Exchequer (Scotland), at the University of Edinburgh. Notes taken down by person unknown.

Dates: 1810-1811

Papers of John Christison (1789-1862), 1809-1862

 Sub-Fonds — Box CLX-A-344
Identifier: Coll-1817/3
Scope and Contents This subfonds contains: Correspondence, including a letter from David Hume, 1820-1859 Petition admitting John Christison member of Faculty of Advocates, 1809 Receipt for cost of lair in Calton Burying Ground, 1831 Poster: Proclamation against Orange procession, Ayr, 1859 Newspaper obituary from the Edinburgh Evening Courant, 1862 ...
Dates: 1809-1862

Student notes of lectures by Baron David Hume

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1534
Scope and Contents The first manuscript page of Volume 1 states, 'Notes taken from the Lectures of Mr. D. Hume, Professor of Scotch law in the University of Edinburgh, delivered in the years 1814 and 15'. The first page is dated 26 October 1814.The four volumes contain chapters or sections headed, e.g. Introductory lecture; Husband and Wife; Parent and child; Guardian and ward; Guardians to Idiots and Furious persons; Master and servant; Distinction of things; Contract of sale; Contract of Location...
Dates: 1814-1815

Three volumes of manuscript student notes on lectures presented by David Hume

 Collection — Box CLX-A-1706
Identifier: Coll-2025
Scope and Contents

Three volumes of student manuscript notes written by unidentified students in Edinburgh, ca 1815-1819, on David Hume's lectures. The volumes do not have main titles, but have section headings throughout, subjects include: feudal rights; charter; instrument of sasine; state of vassal's titles, etc.

Dates: c 1815-1819

Volume of manuscript notes on David Hume's lectures on Scots Law at Edinburgh, 1811

Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0035
Scope and Contents This is a volume entitled "Notes of Hume's Lecture's", containing manuscript notes on David Hume's lectures on Scots law at Edinburgh. Dated 1811, taken down by an unknown student.Headings include: "Introduction" (ff. 1-9), "Of marriage" (ff. 9-70), "Relation between Parent & Child" (ff. 70-101), "Of Relation between Minors and their Tutors and Curators" (ff. 102-157, including a section on "Curators to...
Dates: 1811

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