Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet

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Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet

Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet (1573–1646) was a Scottish lawyer.


Admitted as an advocate in 1605, he made his reputation by defence of John Forbes (1568?-1634), and other ministers at Linlithgow in 1606. He prepared the deed revoking James VI's grants of church property in 1625. He was appointed Lord Advocate in 1626, and held the office until 1641. He was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1628.

Hope conducted the case against John Elphinstone, 2nd Lord Balmerino in 1634. As Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1643, he maintained the king's temporizing policy.

In 1645 Hope was appointed one of the Commissioners for managing the Exchequer, but died the next year.


His "Practical Observations Upon divers titles of the Law of Scotland", commonly called the "Minor Practicks", were published in 1726, by Alexander Bayne.[1]


Hope married Elizabeth, daughter of John Binning or Bennet of Wallyford, Haddingtonshire, by whom he had four sons who survived infancy; of these three reached the bench:[1]

Two of the sons were appointed to the bench while Hope was Lord Advocate; and it being judged by the Court of Session unbecoming that a father should plead uncovered before his children, the privilege of wearing his hat, while pleading, was granted to him. This privilege his successors in the office of Lord Advocate have in theory ever since enjoyed.

Alexander was cupbearer to Charles I. Of his two daughters who survived infancy, Mary was wife of Sir Charles Erskine of Alva, and Anne married David Erskine, 2nd Lord Cardross.[1]

Historical fiction[edit]

  • Sir Thomas Hope is the subject of Nigel Tranter's last novel, Hope Endures (2005).


  1. ^ a b c  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Bayne, Alexander". Dictionary of National Biography 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

External links[edit]


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney, ed. (1891). "Hope, John (1605?-1654)". Dictionary of National Biography 27. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir William Oliphant
Lord Advocate
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Johnston
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
New creation Baronet
(of Craighall)
Succeeded by
John Hope