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Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792–1867), historian and lawyer, was born on 29 December 1792 at Kenley, Shropshire, in the parsonage of his father, Archibald Alison (1757–1839), son of Patrick Alison, lord provost of Edinburgh. The elder Archibald married in 1784 Dorothea (...

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Creed, Sir Thomas Percival (1897–1969), lawyer and educationist, was born in Leicester on 29 January 1897, the third son in the family of five children of the Revd Colin John Creed, curate of St Peter's, Leicester, and later rector of Farthinghoe, Northamptonshire, and his wife, ...

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Crosbie, Andrew (1736–1785), lawyer and antiquary, was probably born at Soutergate, Dumfries. He was the surviving son (the elder died young) of Andrew Crosbie (d. 1762), provost of Dumfries (like his father, John), and Jean, daughter of James Grierson of Barjary...

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Hayward, Sir John (1564?–1627), historian and civil lawyer, was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, or in nearby Walton, where a John Haywarde, possibly his father, held modest property. Felixstowe parish subsidized Hayward's education at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1581 and MA in 1584. In 1591 he became a doctor of laws, the statutory qualification for the practice of civil law in which he was actively engaged throughout his life, certainly from as early as 1595, when the archbishop of ...

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Johnson, Maurice (1688–1755), antiquary and barrister, was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 19 June 1688, the eldest surviving son (a boy had been stillborn on 20 August 1685) of the seven children of Maurice Johnson (1661–1747), landowner, and his wife, Jane, née Johnson (1666–1703)...

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Lambarde, William (1536–1601), antiquary and lawyer, was born on 18 October 1536 in the parish of St Nicholas Acons, London, the elder son of John Lambarde or Lambert (1500–1554) and his first wife, Juliana (d. 1540), daughter of William Horne (d...

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Ouvry, Frederic (1814–1881), antiquary and lawyer, born on 20 October 1814 at 6 Abingdon Street, Westminster, was the third son of Peter Aimé Ouvry, under-secretary at the Ordnance office, and Sarah Amelia Delamain, and was nephew of John Payne Collier. He was descended from ...

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Pate, Richard (1516–1588), lawyer and refounder of Cheltenham grammar school, was born on 24 September 1516 and was probably the son of Walter Pate of Cheltenham, a prosperous tradesman who was a baker, butcher, and innkeeper (HoP, Commons, 1558–1603, 3.185; Jones, 90...

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Schapiro, Leonard Bertram (1908–1983), historian and barrister, was born in Glasgow on 22 April 1908, the elder son and second of three children of Max Schapiro and his wife, Leah Levine. His father, educated at the universities of Riga and Glasgow, was the son of a wealthy sawmill owner at ...

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Selden, John (1584–1654), lawyer and historical and linguistic scholar, was born on 16 December 1584 and baptized on 20 December at West Tarring, Sussex, the eldest son of John Selden of Salvington in the same county, musician and yeoman, and of Margaret, only daughter and heir of ...

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Sparrow, John (1615–1670), translator and lawyer, was born on 12 May 1615 at Stambourne, Essex, the first son of John Sparrow, a military man. He matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1631 but did not graduate. He was admitted of the Inner Temple...

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Thomson, Thomas (1768–1852), record scholar and advocate, was born on 10 November 1768 at the manse in Dailly, Ayrshire, the eldest son of the Revd Thomas Thomson, the parish minister, and his second wife, Mary Hay, daughter of Francis Hay in Lochside, Ayrshire...

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Vickers, Sir (Charles) Geoffrey (1894–1982), lawyer and social theorist, was born on 13 October 1894 in Nottingham, the youngest child in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Henry Vickers, a lace maker, and his wife, Jessie Lomas. Educated at ...