A younger son of the tenth earl of Buchan, Henry Erskine was born in Edinburgh and educated at St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Edinburgh University, where he studied under Hugh Blair and Adam Ferguson before being admitted to the bar in 1768. A manuscript volume of his poems, most of them written about this time, is at the Advocates' Library. Erskine was politically aligned with Charles James Fox; he as dean of the Faculty of Advocates (1785-95) and served briefly in parliament (1806-07).
Answers for Mr. Henry Erskine, Advocate, to the petition and complaint of James Ferrier Writer to the Signet. 1781.
An appeal from Scotland. To be heard ex parte. 1782.
The emigrant, a poem. 1796.