John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton

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John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton (John Scougal, ca. 1682)

John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton (c. 1609–1687) was a Scottish judge.

Admitted as an advocate in 1633, he was sheriff-depute of Edinburghshire from 1639. He defended James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose in 1641. He was appointed Lord Advocate and raised to the bench with the judicial title Lord Dirleton in 1664. He severely persecuted the Covenanters. He was a commissioner for the union of Scotland and England in 1670, and was forced to resign his position as Lord Advocate in 1677. In 1663, he purchased the estate of Dirleton, in East Lothian, which included Dirleton Castle, and constructed Archerfield House.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir John Fletcher
Lord Advocate
Succeeded by
Sir George Mackenzie