Andrew Crosbie of Holm FRSE FSA(Scot) (1736-1785) was a Scottish lawyer and antiquarian, and a notable figure of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was a close friend and companion of James Boswell and co-wrote the legal song The Justiciary Opera, sung by generations of Scottish advocates, with him.
He was born in the Soutergate, Dumfries, the only surviving son of Andrew Crosbie of Holm (d.1762), the provost of Dumfries, and his wife, Jean Grierson. His early education was at Dumfries Academy.
Around 1770 he began building his own house on St Andrews Square at the east end of the then first phase of Edinburgh's New Town. However he was financially ruined in 1772 by the demise of Douglas, Heron & Co, a bank in Ayr in which he was a partner.
In 1780 he was a co-founder of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. In 1783 he was a co-founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was elected Vice-Dean of the Faculty in 1784, two months before his death.
Popular despite being an acknowledged alcoholic (not helped by his financial ruin), he died in impoverished circumstances, probably of liver disease, on 25 February 1785, and was interred at Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh.
Crosbie was married to Elizabeth Barker, a "woman of ill-repute".
- Thoughts of a Layman Concerning Patronage and Presentation (1769)
- A Treatise on the Office, Duty, and Powers of Judges and Magistrates in Scotland (published by William Creech in 1785)
Crosbie was painted in the role of advocate in full robes, addressing his courtroom, by David Martin. The portrait was donated by his widow to the Faculty of Adevocates following his death and hangs in Parliament House, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Law Courts).
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Andrew Crosbie
- Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Crosbie, Andrew". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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