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Abbott, Charles, first Baron Tenterden (1762–1832), judge, was born in Canterbury on 7 October 1762, the second son of John Abbott (d. 1785), a hairdresser, with a shop opposite the western portal of the cathedral, and his wife, Alice, née Bunce (...

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Aitchison, Craigie Mason, Lord Aitchison (1882–1941), judge, was born at the manse, Erskine, Falkirk, on 26 January 1882, the second son of the Revd James Aitchison, minister of the United Presbyterian church, and his wife, Elizabeth Mason Craigie. He was educated at Falkirk high school...

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Aland, John Fortescue, first Baron Fortescue of Credan (1670–1746), judge, was born on 7 March 1670, the second son of Edmund Fortescue of Bierton, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Sarah, daughter (and ultimately heir) of Henry Aland of Waterford. On his father's side he was a descendant of ...

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S. V. FitzGerald

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Ameer Ali, Saiyid (1849–1928), judge and Muslim leader in India, was born on 6 April 1849 at Chinsura, Bengal, the fourth son of Saiyid Saadat Ali Khan (who died of cholera in 1856) of Mohan, Oudh, and his wife, the daughter of Shamsuddin Khan...

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Anderson, Sir Edmund (1530?–1605), judge, was born at Flixborough, Lincolnshire, the third son of Edward Anderson, landowner, and his wife, Joan Clayton. He was descended from Northumberland gentry but the family migrated to Lincolnshire before he was born. Anderson is said to have spent a brief period at ...

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Arden, Richard Pepper, first Baron Alvanley (1744–1804), judge, was born on 20 May 1744 at Bredbury, in the parish of Stockport, Cheshire, the second son of John Arden of Harden Hall and his wife, Mary, daughter of Cuthbert Pepper of Pepper Hall, near ...

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Ashhurst, Sir William Henry (1725–1807), judge, was born on 25 January 1725 at Ashhurst, near Wigan, Lancashire, the third son of Thomas Henry Ashhurst (d. 1744), vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster and recorder of Liverpool and Wigan, who held the Lancashire...

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Asquith, Cyril, Baron Asquith of Bishopstone (1890–1954), judge, was born at Eton House in what used to be John Street, Hampstead, on 5 February 1890. He was the fourth son and the youngest of the five children of the future prime minister, Herbert Henry Asquith, later ...

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Atkin, James Richard, Baron Atkin (1867–1944), judge, was born at 6 Tank Street, North Quay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 28 November 1867, the eldest son of Robert Travers Atkin (1841–1872) of Fernhill, Kilgariff, co. Cork, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (b. 1842)...

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C. L. Falkiner

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Ball, John Thomas (1815–1898), judge, born in Dublin on 24 July 1815, was the eldest son of Major Benjamin Marcus Ball (1789–1841) and Elizabeth (1789–1838), daughter of Cuthbert Feltus of Hollybrook, co. Carlow. His father was an officer who served with distinction in the ...

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Bannatyne, Sir William Macleod, Lord Bannatyne (1744–1833), judge, was born on 26 January 1744, perhaps in Edinburgh, the son of Roderick Macleod (d. 1784) of Sunbank, writer to the signet, and his first wife, Isabel (fl. 1736–1744), daughter of Hector Bannatyne...

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Barrington, Daines (1727/8–1800), judge, antiquary, and naturalist, was born at Becket in the parish of Shrivenham in Berkshire, the fourth son and fourth of nine children of John Shute Barrington, first Viscount Barrington (1678–1734), barrister and politician, and his wife, Anne (d...

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Barry, Sir Redmond (1813–1880), judge, was born on 7 June 1813 at Ballyclough, co. Cork, Ireland, fifth of the thirteen children of Major-General Henry Green Barry (d. 1838) and his wife, Phoebe, daughter of John Armstrong Drought of Lettybrook, King's county. After attending a private academy near ...

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Bayley, Sir John, first baronet (1763–1841), judge and legal writer, was born on 3 August 1763, at Elton, Huntingdonshire, the second son of John Bayley (d. 1790) of Abbots Ripton, whose ancestors had emigrated from Spanish Flanders in the seventeenth century, and his wife, ...

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Berkeley, Sir Robert (1584–1656), judge, was born in the parish of St Martin's, Worcester, on 26 July 1584, the second son of Roland Berkeley (1548–1611) and his wife, Catherine Heywood (d. 1629). There were sixteen children in the family, of whom all but one reached adulthood, and ...

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Bingham, Thomas Henry [Tom], Baron Bingham of Cornhill (1933–2010), judge, was born on 13 October 1933 at the nursing home, 49 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, London, the younger child and only son of Thomas Henry Bingham (1901–1980), a physician born and brought up in ...

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F. H. Brown

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Birdwood, Herbert Mills (1837–1907), judge in India, was born at Belgaum, Bombay presidency, on 29 May 1837, the third son in the family of fourteen children of General Christopher Birdwood (1807–1882), of Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, from an old Devon family, deputy commissary-general of the ...

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Birkett, (William) Norman, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962), barrister and judge, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 6 September 1883, the fourth of the five children of Thomas Birkett (d. 1913) and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1886), daughter of Moses Tyson...

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Blackstone, Sir William (1723–1780), legal writer and judge, was born on 10 July 1723 in Cheapside, London, the third surviving but posthumous son of Charles Blackstone (d. 1723), a citizen silk mercer 'not of great Affluence' (Blackstone, Reports, iii), and his wife, ...

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Bowen, Charles Synge Christopher, Baron Bowen (1835–1894), judge, was born on 1 January 1835 at Woolaston, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of the Revd Christopher Bowen (1801/2–1890), clergyman, an Irishman from co. Mayo, and Catherine Emily Steele (1807/8–1902), whose father, Sir Richard Steele, of the ...