The Dean of Faculty, Mr. Adam Anderson, has been appointed Lord- Advocate, and Mr. John Inglis has been appointed Solicitor-General, for Scotland. Their commissions had not arrived yesterday forenoon, but were expeeted by the afternoon post. In the Parliament House yesterday was presented the unusual spectacle of a Court without Crown counsel ; Mr. hfoncreiff and Mr. Bees having mounted their stuff gowns, while the Dean and Mr. Inglis only appeared as bar counsel. Some new gowns are beginning to peep out, whose wearers have long been strangers to the boards. We have already chronicled Professor Aytoun, and yesterday brought back Mr. Milne of Milnegraden. Some of these appearances must have reference to prospective Sheriffships; but as no vacancy has occurred, and as none in the ordinary course of events will occur until . Sheriff Alison's advent to the bench—now resolved upon—the expectant Sheriffs may never taste the sweets of office after all, unless they can manage to take time by the forelock. We believe that Mr. Tytler, who filled the office of Crown Agent under Sir Robert Peel's Government, will resume that office; and it is understood that David Milne Esq., David Mure, Esq., and Charles Bailie, Esq., will be appointed Depute- Advocates.—Scottish Press, March 3.
Neither of the new Law-officers of the Crown, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Inglis, has a seat in Parliament : a vacancy is to be made for the Lord- Advocate by the retirement of Sir John Hope in his favour, from Mid.. Lothian.
Professor Biocide, of Aberdeen, was elected on Tuesday, by the Town- Council of Edinburgh, to succeed the late Professor Dunbar in the Greek chair of the University of Edinburgh.
Sir William Gibson Craig and Sir William Johnston have been added to the members of the General Board of Directors of Prisons in Scotland.
In the Sheriff Court at Edinburgh, last week, Mrs. Cunningham, or Paul, • was tried for cruel conduct—excessive beating and starvation of Jane Ren- nie and William Rennie, two pauper children intrusted to her care by the parish authorities. She was convicted, and was sentenced by Mr. Sheriff Gordon to be imprisoned for the maximum term of eighteen months, with hard labour.
Margaret Maxwell, a single woman living at Hilton of Forthar in Fife, has been murdered by men who went to rob her. Three Irishmen employed at lime-works in the neighbourhood having been subsequently arrested, one of them, M'AlanuN made a "confession," middling the murder on the two other prisoners, brothers named Scanlan. He said that the Scanlans wished to emigrate, but wanted money to effect it ; they proposed to break into Mar- garet Maxwell's house, as they thought she had some money. M'alanue . consented to be of the party. They went to the house at night, and forced an entrance. One of the &anions attempted to shut up the woman brhev box bedstead, that he might not be recognized : she cried out and resisted ; the two brothers then dragged her out, and murdered her by blows with a stool. billanue declares that he remained outside the house : he received a watch as his share of the plunder, and it led to his apprehension. All three have been committed on charges of housebreaking, murder, and robbery.
A carrier between Glasgow and Newmills has been in the habit for many years of carrying considerable sums from firms in the city to weaving-agents and others in the country. His route is lonely. In the night between Fri- day and Saturday last week, on his usual journey, he was suddenly attacked by some unknown ruffians, who all but killed him outright, and robbed him of his pocket-book, which contained upwards of 2001. The horse pursued its journey to an accustomed inn; where the carrier was discovered on the top of his waggon, bathed in blood and insensible. His medical attendant con- sidered bun far from out of danger at the beginning of this week.