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John Fullerton, Lord Fullerton

John Fullerton, Lord Fullerton

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Gender male
Birth 1775
Death 1853
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John Fullerton, Lord Fullerton FRSE (1775-1853) was a Scottish law lord. His brother was Robert Fullerton Governor of Penang.


He was born in Edinburgh on 16 December 1775 one of twelve children to William Fullerton Esq of Carstairs and his wife Isabella. He was raised in a large house on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh’s Southside. His elder sister Elizabeth married William Fullerton Elphinstone a Director of the East India Company.

He attended the High School in Edinburgh and then studied Law at Edinburgh University, qualifying as an advocate in 1798. In 1816 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were John Playfair, Thomas Thomson, Sir David Brewster and John Gordon.

He became a Senator of the College of Justice (law lord) in 1829, and adopted the title Lord Fullerton, succeeding John Clerk, Lord Eldin. He then lived at 27 Melville Street in a newly-built townhouse in Edinburgh’s fashionable west end.

In the Disruption of 1843 Fullerton spoke largely in the defence of the established church within the lengthy legal debates permitting this split.

He died on 3 December 1853 in Edinburgh. His obituary was written by Lord Strathclyde.


In 1817 he married Georgina Hay Macdowall. They had eight children. Their children were Isabella Graeme Fullerton, William Fullerton, James Fullerton, Mary Fullerton, Elizabeth Elphinstone Fullerton, George Ferguson Fullerton, Georgina Fullerton and Henry Monteith Fullerton.

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