Napier, Mark (1798 -1879)
Mark Napier was the son of Francis Napier, a Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh ,and Mary Elizabeth Jane Douglas, eldest daughter of Colonel Archibald Hamilton of Innerwick in East Lothian. He was educated at the High School, and at the University of Edinburgh, and became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1820. In 1844, he was appointed sheriff depute of Dumfriesshire, to which subsequently Galloway was added, a post he held until his death. Though a clever lawyer he is better known for his numerous historical works, particularly for his ingenious, though partisan defences of Montrose. He married his cousin, Charlotte, daughter of Alexander Ogilvie, and widow of William Dick Macfarlane, occasionally wrote “very touching as well as very spirited” verse (Athenaeum 29 November 1879), and possessed a valuable collection of paintings and china.