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writer to the Signet Line breaks: writer to the Sig¦net

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Definition of writer to the Signet in English:

noun

historical
(In Scotland) a senior solicitor conducting cases in the Court of Session.
Example sentences
  • His father also bore the same name and was a writer to the Signet, which was the name given to the principal class of solicitors in Scotland.
  • The Ordinance provided that those who had already been admitted as barristers or advocates in Great Britain or Ireland, or as solicitors or writers to the signet, in any of the courts at London, Dublin, or Edinburgh were to be allowed by the Chief Justice to practice as barristers and solicitors in the colony.

Origin

Originally a clerk in the Secretary of State's office who prepared writs for the royal Signet.

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