Adam Gillies, Lord Gillies

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Adam Gillies, Lord Gillies by Robert Scott Moncrieff.
Lord Gillies' Edinburgh townhouse at 16 York Place
The grave of Adam Gillies, Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Adam Gillies, Lord Gillies (1760–1842) was a Scottish judge.


He was born in Brechin, Forfarshire on 29 April 1766,[1] the son of Margaret (née Smith) and Robert Gillies, he was the younger brother of historian John Gillies.[2]

Gillies was admitted an advocate on 14 July 1787. From 1806, he was the sheriff-depute of Kincardineshire. From 1811 to 1842, he was a Senator of the College of Justice, based in Edinburgh. In the 1830s he is listed as living at 16 York Place in Edinburgh's New Town.[3]

He retired due to ill health in the summer of 1842. His position as Senator was filled by Alexander Wood, Lord Wood.

He died on 24 December 1842 at Leamington Spa.[2]

His body was returned to Edinburgh and he was buried in a private vault in the now sealed south-west section of Greyfriars Kirkyard known as the Covenanter's Prison. His wife Elizabeth Carnegy lies with him.

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  1. ^ Monuments and monumental inscriptions in Scotland: The Grampian Society, !871
  2. ^ a b Hamilton, J. A. (2004), "Gillies, Adam, Lord Gillies (1760–1842)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10742, retrieved 1 February 2013
  3. ^ "Post Office annual directory, 1832-1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2018-01-18.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Gillies, Adam". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.