Neaves, Charles, Lord Neaves

(1800-1876)
   Scottish poet, the son of solicitor, he was born in Edinburgh - where he received all his education - and was called to the Scottish bar in 1822 and had a distinguished career. From 1845 to 1852 he was sheriff of Orkney and Shetland then solicitor-general for Scotland. From 1853 to1858 he was a judge in the court of session, taking the title of Lord Neaves, then was a lord of justiciary until his death. He was renowned for his phenomenal memory in court and his literary reputation was just as great. Edinburgh University awarded him the degree of doctor of laws in 1860, and in 1872 he was elected lord rector of St. Andrews University. Many of his most brilliant satires were published in Songs and Verses, Social and Scientific (1868 and 1872). The Greek Antholog y was published in Blackwood's Ancient Classics (1870). Some of his poems: "Don't Forget the Rich," "Flask of Rosy Wine," "Grimm's Law," "A New Song," "Let Us All Be Unhappy on Sunday," "Why Should a Woman Not Get a Degree?" "Old Noah's Invention," "The Leather Bottèl," "The Three R's."
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). Scotland's Lawyer Poets (http://www.wvu.edu/Neaves, Charles{, Lord Neaves}lawfac/jelkins/ lp-2001/intro/scots.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Faber Book of Comic Verse. Michael Roberts and Janet Adam Smith, eds. Faber and Faber, 1978.

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