Sheriff of Dumbarton

The Sheriff of Dumbarton was historically the royal official responsible for enforcing law and order in Dumbarton, Scotland and bringing criminals to justice. Prior to 1748 most sheriffdoms were held on a hereditary basis. From that date, following the Jacobite uprising of 1745, the hereditary sheriffs were replaced by salaried sheriff-deputes, qualified advocates who were members of the Scottish Bar.

Following a merger the post was retitled the Sheriff of Dumbarton and Bute in 1854. Following further reorganisations the post became the Sheriff of Stirling and Dumbarton in 1871[1] and the Sheriff of Stirling, Dumbarton and Clackmannan in 1881.

Sheriffs of Dumbarton

Sheriffs-Depute (1748)
  • James Colquhoun, 1775–1805 [2]
  • John Glassford, c.1808 [3]
  • John Campbell Colquhoun of Milligs, 1815–1854[4][5]

Sheriffs of Dumbarton and Bute (1854)

  • Robert Hunter, 1854–1871 [4]

See also


  1. "Epitome of the News". Leicester Mercury. 30 December 1871. p. 2.
  2. Milne, Hugh. Boswell's Edinburgh Journals: 1767-1786.
  3. Finance Accounts of Great Britain and Ireland. p. 287.
  4. Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. p. 858.
  5. "Legal Appointment". The Dundee Courier. 1 February 1854.
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