Francis Garden, Lord Gardenstone was born in Edinburgh and educated at Edinburgh University. He was admitted as advocate in 1744 and was sheriff-deputie of Kincardineshire (1748), joint solicitor-general (1760), lord of session (1764-93), and lord of justiciary (1776-87). Garden, who took an active interest in literary affairs, was James Beattie's early friend and patron.
Miscellanies in prose and verse. 1791.
Travelling memorandums made in a tour upon the continent of Europe 1786-8. 3 vols, 1791-95.