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HOG, Sir ROGER, Lord Harcarse (1635?–1700), Scottish judge, son of William Hog, advocate, of Bogend, was born in Berwickshire about 1635. He was admitted an advocate on 25 June 1661, and was appointed a lord of session and knighted in November 1677. He took the title of Lord Harcarse. He represented Berwick in the convention of the estates of Scotland held at Edinburgh in June and July 1678 (Members of Parl. Official Return, ii. 582). On 18 Nov. 1678 he suc- ceeded Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill as a lord of justiciary. In February 1686 he was chosen arbitrator by the Duchess of Lauderdale in an arbitration ordered by the king between her and Lord Maitland (Fountainhall, Chronol. Notes, p. 161). In 1688 he was removed from the bench by James for non-compliance with the wishes of the government in his decision of a cause regarding the tutors of the young Marquis of Montrose. One Robert Pitilloch, an advocate, published a pamphlet against him in 1689, accusing him of ‘oppression under colour of law,’ which was reprinted in 1827. He was specifically charged with partiality to his son-in-law, Aytoun of Inchdairnie, Fifeshire. He lived the remainder of his life in retirement, and died in 1700. A ‘Dictionary of Decisions from 1681 to 1692,’ compiled by him, was published in 1757.

[Anderson's Scottish Nation, ii. 477; Brunton and Haig's Senators of the College of Justice; Books of Sederunt; Acts Scots Parl. viii. 214; Fountainhall's Decisions, i. 495, 505.]

J. A. H.