George Joseph Bell
(26 March 1770 – 23 September 1843) was a Scottish advocate
and legal scholar.
George Bell was born in Fountainbridge
, Edinburgh, a son of the Rev William Bell (d. 1779), a clergyman of the Episcopal Church of Scotland
. He was the youger brother of the surgeon John Bell
, and an elder brother of the surgeon Sir Charles Bell
. At the age of eight he entered the high school
, but he received no university education further than attending the lectures of A. F. Tytler
, Dugald Stewart
Advocate and scholar
Bell became a member of the Faculty of Advocates
in 1791, and was one of the earliest and most attached friends of Francis Jeffrey
. In 1804 he published a Treatise on the Law of Bankruptcy in Scotland
, which he subsequently enlarged and published in 1826 under the title of Commentaries on the Law of Scotland and on the principles of Mercantile Jurisprudence
, an institutional work of the very highest excellence, which has had its value acknowledged by such eminent jurists as Joseph Story
and James Kent
. In 1821 Bell was elected professor of the law of Scotland in the University of Edinburgh; and in 1831 he was appointed to one of the principal clerkship's in the supreme court. He was placed at the head of a commission in 1833 to inquire into the Scottish bankruptcy law; and in consequence of the reports of the commissioners, chiefly drawn up by himself, many beneficial alterations were made.
Bells smaller treatise, Principles of the......