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MACDOWALL, ANDREW, Lord Bankton (1685–1760), Scottish judge, born in 1685, was second son of Robert Macdowal of Logan, by his wife Sarah, daughter of Sir John Shaw of Greenock, bart. He was educated at the university of Edinburgh, and was admitted an advocate, 24 Feb. 1708. He succeeded John Sinclair of Murkle, Caithness, 5 July 1755, taking the title of Lord Bankton, and continued in that post until he died at Bankton, 22 Oct. 1760. From 1744 he had possessed the estate of Olivestob, formerly owned by Colonel Gardiner. He was author of 'An Institute of the Laws of Scotland in Civil Rights,' in four books, after the method of Lord Stair's 'Institutions,' 3 vols, fol., 1751-8.

[Brunton and Haig's Senators of the Royal College of Justice; Anderson's House of Hamilton, p. 330; Murray's Literary History of Galloway, 2nd ed. p. 165; Books of Sederunt; Scots Mag. 1760, xxii. 555; Catalogue of the Signet Library, Edinburgh.]

J. A. H.