David Falconer

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Sir David Falconer, of Newton, (1640 – 15 December 1685) was a Scottish judge.

The second son of Sir David Falconer of Glenfarquhar, one of the commissaries of Edinburgh, and younger brother of Sir Alexander Falconer of Glenfarquhar. He studied the law under his father, and having passed advocate on 3 July 1661, was afterwards appointed one of the commissaries of Edinburgh, and was knighted. On 24 May 1676, he was nominated a Lord of Session, and on 2 March 1678, was admitted a Lord of Justiciary. On 5 June 1682, he was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session, and in the parliament of 1685 he represented the county of Forfar. He was elected a Lord of the Articles, and a member of three commissions then appointed; one for trade, another for the plantation of kirks, and a third for the regulation of inferior judicatories.

Falconer collected the decisions of the Court of Session from November 1681 to 9 December 1685, when he ceased to sit in court. They were published in 1705 by John Spottiswood.

He died at Edinburgh, after a short illness, on 15 December 1685, and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard,[1] where a monument was erected to his memory. The monument stands on the outer north-east corner of the church.

His eldest son, David, became fifth Lord Falconer of Halkerton, and his third daughter, Catherine, married Joseph Hume of Chirnside in the county of Berwick, and was the mother of David Hume the philosopher and historian.


  1. ^ Monuments and monumental inscriptions in Scotland: The Grampian Society, 1871
  •  "Falconer, David". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  • The Scottish Nation, or the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours and Biographical History of The People of Scotland, William Anderson, 1863
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