Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement/Gloag, William Ellis

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GLOAG, WILLIAM ELLIS, Lord Kincairney (1828–1909), Scottish judge, born at Perth on 7 Feb. 1828, was son of William Gloag, banker in Perth, by his wife Jessie, daughter of John Burn, writer to the Signet, Edinburgh. Educated at Perth grammar school and Edinburgh University, he passed on 25 Dec. 1853 to the Scottish bar, where he enjoyed a fair practice. A conservative in politics, he was not offered promotion till 1874, when he was appointed advocate depute on the formation of Disraeli's second ministry. In 1877 he became sheriff of Stirling and Dumbarton, and in 1885 of Perthshire. In 1889 he was raised to the bench, when he took the title of Lord Kincairney. His career as a judge proved eminently successful. He died at Kincairney on 8 Oct. 1909, and was buried at Caputh. In 1864 Gloag married Helen, daughter of James Burn, writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, by whom he had one son, William Murray Gloag, professor of law at Glasgow University, and three daughters. There is a portrait of him, by Sir George Reid, at Kincairney.

[Scotsman, 9 Oct. 1909; Roll of the Faculty of Advocates; Records of the Juridical Society; History of the Speculative Society, pp. 32, 145, 201.]

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