Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet


Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet

Sir James William Montgomery, (1721 – 2 April 1803), 1st Baronet, was a Scottish politician and judge.

Called to the bar in 1743, he was sheriff of Peeblesshire from 1748 and joint Solicitor General for Scotland from 1760, holding the office solely from 1764. He was promoted to Lord Advocate in 1766. He was created Lord Chief Baron of the Scottish Exchequer in 1775. He resigned from the bench and was created a baronet in 1801.

He was Member of Parliament for Dumfries Burghs in 1766, and for Peeblesshire in 1768. He introduced measures for the reform of the law of entail in the Entail Improvement Act 1770.

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