Henry Home, Lord Kames was born near Greenlaw, Berwickshire; he was tutored at home before passing the bar at Edinburgh (1723). After practicing law in Edinburgh (1724-1752) he was made Lord of Session in 1752, and served as Lord of Justicary from 1763 until his death in 1782. He wrote on literary and historical subjects and was a leading figure in the Scottish Enlightenment.
Remarkable decisions of court of session. 1728.
Essays upon several subjects concerning British antiquities. 1747.
Essays on the principles of morality and natural religion. 1751.
Introduction to the art of thinking. 1761.
Elements of Criticism. 3 vols, 1762.
Sketches of the history of man. 2 vols, 1774.
The gentleman farmer. 1776.