Sir James Dundas

(1st Lord Arniston)

1620 - 1679

Judge and politician. The son of another Sir James Dundas (1570 - 1628), who was also a lawyer, the young Dundas came to the fore when he signed the National Covenant in 1639. He was knighted by King Charles I (1600-49) in 1641 and became the Member of Parliament for Midlothian in 1648. In 1662, he was appointed a judge in the Court of Session with the title Lord Arniston. However his tenure in this office was short-lived as he was dismissed the following year for refusing the renounce the Covenant. He retired to his home in Midlothian, Arniston House.

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