CRAIGIE, Robert (c.1685-1760), of Glendoick, Perth.
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Family and Education
b. c.1685, yr. s. of Lawrence Craigie of Kilgraston, Perth by Margaret Scrimgeour. educ. adv. 1710. m. Barbara, da. and h. of Charles Stewart of Carie, at least 2s. 1da.
Ld. adv. 1742-6; ld. pres. of the court of session 1754-d.; commr. of fisheries and manufactures, Scotland 1755.
A younger son, of an old Perthshire family, ‘without powerful friends or insinuating manners’ Craigie made his way at the bar by ‘merit and application’. In 1716, six years after being called, he was appointed one of the crown counsel prosecuting the rebels. In 1719 he became deputy to Robert Dundas, as solicitor general for Scotland, thus connecting himself with the Squadrone, or anti-Argyll party, who governed Scotland till they were ousted in 1725 by their opponents, headed by the Duke of Argyll’s brother, Lord Ilay, Walpole’s ‘first minister for Scotland’. When the Squadrone seventeen years later ousted Ilay on Walpole’s fall in 1742, Craigie, now one of the ‘busiest counsel’ in practice,