Lord Robert Macqueen Braxfield

1722 - 1799

Lawyer and 'hanging judge'. Born near Lanark and educated in Edinburgh, Braxfield was called to the Bar in 1744. He was appointed a judge (1776), notorious for his harshness, and the Lord Justice Clerk (1788). Braxfield provided the model for Lord Weir in the unfinished novel Weir of Hermiston (1896) by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94).

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