From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Sir James Foulis of Colingtoun - 21st May 1671.

 

AT DUNDEE, QUHILK DAY SIR JAMES FOULIS OF COLLINGTOUN, AND SIR JOHN LOCKHART OF CASTLEHILL, SENATORS OF THE COLLEGE OF JUSTICE, WERE SWORN AND ADMITTED BURGESSES OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS.

SIR JAMES FOULIS of Colinton was the son of SIR ALEXANDER FOULIS of Colinton, and of ELIZABETH, daughter of ROBERT HEPBURN of Ford. He was fifth in descent from Sir JAMES FOULIS of Colinton who was Lord Clerk Register when the College of Justice was founded by JAMES V. He was knighted by CHARLES I. on 14th November, 1641, and at his father's death became second Baronet of Colinton. From 1645 till 1684 he represented Midlothian continuously in the Scottish Parliament, and was especially active in his resistance to the usurpation of CROMWELL. In the early part of the memorable year 1651 he took refuge, with many of his compatriots, in Dundee. This is shown by the following remarkable entry in the Register of Baptisms in the parish

"1651, April 13 Walter Porterfield, advocate, a woman child, Elizabeth. Witnesses: John Balfour, Maister of Burlie, Sir Jaines Foulis of Collintoun, Sir Thomas Thomson of Dudistone, and Sir William Dick."

The MASTER OF BURLEIGH was one of those Covenanters deeply implicated in the assassination of ARCHBISHOP SHARPE, and SIR WILLIAM DICK of Braid was the famous Lord Provost of Edinburgh who lost a colossal fortune in the Royalist cause, and died a prisoner for debt in a London jail. These associates sufficiently indicate the political profession of SIR JAMES FOULIS. When the Committee of Estates withdrew from Dundee before the siege SIR JAMES accompanied them, and was taken prisoner at Alyth on 28th September, 1651, by a detachment of GENERAL MONK'S forces, who were sent for that purpose from Dundee (vide page 113).

SIR JAMES was sent with his companions to England, and detained there for a long period in prison. His services and sufferings were rewarded after the Restoration by his appointment as one of the Senators of the College of Justice on 14th February, 1661, his advancement to the post of a Lord Commissioner of Justiciary in February, 1671, his admission as a Privy Councillor in 1674, and his promotion as Lord Justice Clerk in February, 1684. His death took place at Edinburgh, on 19th January, 1688. By his marriage with BARBARA, daughter of ALEXANDER AINSLIE, he had a Son, SIR JAMES, who succeeded him.

SIR JOHN LOCKHART of Castlehill was the third son of LORD JUSTICE CLERK LOCKHART, and of MARTHA, daughter of SIR GEORGE DOUGLAS of Mordington; one of the Maids of Honour to QUEEN HIENRIETTA MARIA. He was admitted Advocate on 4th January, 1656, during the Supremacy of CROMWELL, and was re admitted after the Restoration, having expressed regret at his misfortune in having obtained that privilege during the time of the usurpation. He was raised to the Bench as an Ordinary Lord with the title of LORD CASTLEHILL, on 28th August, 1665, and made a Lord of Justiciary on 6th February, 1671 a short time before his enrolment as Burgess of Dundee. Having provoked the resentment of the DUKE OF LAUDERDALE, he was summarily removed from the Bench in November, 1678, but was restored in 1683, after the DUKE'S death. SIR JOHN was Member of Parliament for the Sheriffdom of Dunbarton, 1656 8 ; for the Lanark Burghs, 1658 9; and for Lanarkshire, 1693 1702. His death appears to have taken place shortly after the last date, though it is not exactly recorded.