The Face that Did not Fit: Race, Appearance, and Exclusion from the Bar in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

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Abstract

In the early 1780s, the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh tried to exclude from membership a man called John Wright. This was partly because of his background. Another reason may have been his remarkable appearance which may have raised questions in individuals' minds about his racial origin and promoted anxieties deriving form the developing science of physiognomy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-43
Number of pages32
JournalFundamina
Volume9
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Race, advocate, physiognomy, law teaching, David Hume, John Wright, John Wilde, Robert Dick, John Millar

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