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Lord Chief Justice Mansfield was born at the Scone Palace on the northern outskirts of Perth, Scotland, on 2 March 1704 (O.S.) with the given name of William Murray. Because he fully shared his family’s commitment to the restoration of the line of descent from the dethroned King James II, nothing would be gained from attempting to soften the claim that he had been a conspicuous Jacobite in his youth and early manhood. Although it is not clear exactly when or how he embraced the Protestant Succession that he did so is simply the case. It does not follow, however, that he altered his fundamental orientation to the law that he had learned while studying the Scottish Civil Law. The more important honors King George II and King George III showered upon this eleventh child and the fourth son of the Fifth Viscount Stormont are carved in stone on his massive monument that dominates the West Aisle of the North Transept in Westminster Abbey.


Lord Chief Justice Mansfield: Dark Horse of the American Revolution

a book by Ernest B. Lowrie

478 Pages

Published by

Archway Publishing on April 19, 2016