than that of any other person in the kingdom.
But it is as a great magistrate that he commands the homage of the bar. It is said that, during the twenty years that he presided in Chancery, three only of his judgments were appealed from, and those were afterwards confirmed in the House of Lords. Mr. Charles Buller has given an interesting sketch of his character; and Mr. Justice Story speaks of him with the warm appreciation of a kindred mind.
This is the first appearance [Waddle v. Johnson, 1789] in these Reports of one of the most distinguished characters in the English law. The Solicitor-General at this time was Sir John Scott, destined, under the title of Lord Eldon, for so long a period to hold the Great Seal, and to acquire so great a name in Chancery.
He was born at Newcastle, June 4, 1751.
William Scott, afterwards Lord Stowell, was his elder brother.
Their father was a dealer in coals in Newcastle; and their career is supposed to illustrate the open aven