A Good Lawyer or a Corrupt Official is Forfeited in 1682

Sympathy of the Presbyterian cause extended into the heart of the Restoration legal system. The actions of Robert Martin, the clerk of the Justiciary Court in Edinburgh, allegedly went further than mere qualms over the repression of Presbyterians…

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According to Fountainhall, Martin’s qualms about the Test oath first led to his his removal from office:

‘7 Novembris 1681.—At the Criminal Court, Mr. Robert Martin, clerk, having delayed and shifted to take the Test [oath], Mr. Thomas Skeen, advocat, was installed by the Justice-Clerk to officiat in his roume.’ (Lauder, Historical Notices, I, 335.)

Then, on 10 February 1682, Fountainhall records that more serious charges against Martin led to his trial:

‘At Privy Counsell, Mr. Robert Martin, late criminall clerk, was staged for some malversations in that office, in suffering severall fanaticks for money to escape.’ (Lauder, Historical Notices, I, 348.)

Martin was convicted and forfeited. See No.233 here.

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 20, 2014.

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