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.
- John Hope, Lord Craighall (1605?–1654);
- Thomas Hope, Lord Kerse (1606–1643); and
- Sir James Hope of Hopetoun (1614–1661).
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.
- Sir Thomas Hope is the subject of Nigel Tranter's last novel, Hope Endures (2005).
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