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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Brome, Alexander (1620–1666), poet and lawyer, was born in the parish of Evershot, Dorset, the eldest son of the seven children of John Brome and his wife, about whom little is known. Henry Brome (d. 1681), the London bookseller, was a younger brother. ...

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Martin, Sir Theodore (1816–1909), lawyer and biographer, born at Edinburgh on 16 September 1816, was the only son in a family of ten children of a well-to-do Edinburgh solicitor, James Martin, who was for some years private secretary to Andrew, Lord Rutherfurd. His grandfather, also ...

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Mortimer, Sir John Clifford (1923–2009), barrister and author, was born on 21 April 1923 at 7 The Pryors, Hampstead, London, the only child of (Herbert) Clifford Mortimer (1884–1961), a distinguished divorce and probate barrister and author of Mortimer on Probate, and his wife, ...

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North, Roger (1651–1734), lawyer, politician, and writer, the sixth and youngest son, and the youngest of the ten surviving children, of Dudley North, fourth Baron North (1602–1677), and Anne (c.1613–1681), daughter of Sir Charles Montague, was born at Tostock, Suffolk, on 3 September 1651. Until recently there has been some uncertainty about ...

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Procter, Bryan Waller (1787–1874), poet and lawyer, the eldest child of Nicholas Procter (d. 1816) and his wife, Amelia (d. 1837), was born on 21 November 1787 and named after a great-uncle from whom an inheritance was expected. His ancestors were small farmers in ...

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Prynne, William (1600–1669), pamphleteer and lawyer, was born in Upper Swainswick, near Bath, Somerset, the son of Thomas Prynne, farmer, and his second wife, Marie, daughter of William Sherston (the first mayor of Bath under Elizabeth I's charter). He attended Bath grammar school...

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Reynolds, John Hamilton (1794–1852), writer and lawyer, was born on 9 September 1794 in Shrewsbury, the second of five children of George C. Reynolds (1765–1853), a schoolteacher in Shrewsbury and later at Lambeth School and Christ's Hospital, London, and his wife, Charlotte, née...

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Shaw, Thomas, first Baron Craigmyle (1850–1937), lawyer and politician, the younger of two sons of Alexander Shaw of Dunfermline and his wife, Isabella, née Wishart, was born there on 23 May 1850. His father, who was from Torryburn near Dunfermline, and was in business as a baker, died when ...