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Benenson, Peter James Henry (1921–2005), barrister and human rights campaigner, was born on 31 July 1921 at 6 Albert Court, Knightsbridge, London, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Josiah Solomon (1885–1930), army officer, and his wife, Flora (1895–1984), daughter of the Jewish Russian banker ...

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Bing, Geoffrey Henry Cecil (1909–1977), barrister and politician, was born on 24 July 1909 at Craigavad near Belfast, the only son and elder child of Geoffrey Bing, headmaster of Rockport School and Orange lodge supporter, of Rockport, Craigavad, co. Down, and his wife, ...

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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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Budgen, Nicholas William (1937–1998), barrister and politician, was born on 3 November 1937 at 50 Palace Road, Streatham, London, the son of George Nicholas Budgen (d. 1942), businessman, and his wife, Mary Helen, née Bather. He was baptized into the Church of England...

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Burrowes, Peter (1753–1841), barrister and politician, was born at Portarlington, Queen's county, in 1753. There are no clear details as to his parentage and close family relatives, but in a letter of 9 May 1822 Lawrence Parsons, second earl of Rosse, informed John Freeman-Mitford, ...

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Caldwell, Andrew (1733–1808), barrister and connoisseur of architecture, was born on 19 December 1733, the eldest of the ten children of Charles Caldwell (1707–1776), solicitor to the commissioners of revenue in Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth (1709–1792), daughter of Benjamin Heywood, merchant, of ...

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Carman, George Alfred (1929–2001), barrister, was born at 20 Breck Road, Blackpool, on 6 October 1929, the son of Alfred George Carman (d. 1988), an auctioneer of furniture, and his wife, Evelyn née Moylan (d. 1954), a seamstress. At eight, he was sent to board at ...

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Dunning, John, first Baron Ashburton (1731–1783), barrister and politician, was born at Ashburton, Devon, on 18 October 1731, the second but only surviving son of John Dunning (1699/1700–1780), an attorney from Ashburton, and his wife, Agnes Judsham. He was educated at the local grammar school before entering his father's office. ...

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Emmet, Thomas Addis (1764–1827), barrister and Irish nationalist, was born on 24 April 1764 in Cork, the second of the four children of Dr Robert Emmet (1729–1802), state physician, and his wife, Elizabeth Mason (1740–1803). His younger brother was Robert Emmet (1778–1803), fellow United Irishman. The family moved to ...

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Garrow, Sir William (1760–1840), barrister and judge, was born on 13 April 1760 at Monken Hadley, Middlesex, the youngest son of David Garrow (1715–1805), an ordained minister of the Church of England who maintained a boarding-school at Monken Hadley, and his wife, Sarah Lowndes...

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Grimston, Sir Harbottle, second baronet (1603–1685), barrister and politician, was the second son of Sir Harbottle Grimston, first baronet (d. 1648), of Bradfield Hall, Essex, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph Coppinger of Stoke, Kent. Born on 27 January 1603 at his grandfather's house at ...

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Hamilton, John Andrew, Viscount Sumner (1859–1934), barrister and judge, was born on 3 February 1859 at 47 Rumford Street, Chorlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, the second son and third of the seven children of Andrew Hamilton, a Scots-born iron merchant of Manchester, and Frances...

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Hayter, Sir William Goodenough, first baronet (1792–1878), politician and barrister, youngest son of John Hayter, and his wife, Grace, daughter of Stephen Goodenough of Codford, Wiltshire, was born at Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire, on 28 January 1792. He entered Winchester College in 1804 and matriculated on 24 October 1810 from ...

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Heilbron, Dame Rose (1914–2005), barrister and judge, was born on 19 August 1914 at 27 St James Road, Abercromby, Liverpool, the younger daughter of Max Heilbron and his wife, Nellie, née Summers. She was originally named Rosie, but this was later changed to ...

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James, (John) Edwin (1811–1882), barrister, was born in London on 20 November 1811, the eldest son of John James, solicitor and secondary of the City of London (d. 1852), and his wife, Hester (1791/2–1874), eldest daughter of Boyce Combe. He was educated at a private school. In early life he frequently acted at a private theatre in ...

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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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Jones, (John) Mervyn Guthrie Griffith- (1909–1979), barrister and judge, was born on 1 July 1909 at 19 Kidderpore Gardens, Hampstead, London, the son of John Stanley Phillips Griffith-Jones (1877/8–1949), barrister, and Eveline Louisa, née Yarrow (1872/3–1966). He was educated at Eton College and ...

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Macmillan, (Jessie) Chrystal (1872–1937), barrister and political activist, was born on 13 June 1872 at 8 Duke Street, Edinburgh, the only daughter in the family of nine children of John Macmillan, a wealthy tea merchant and past master of the Edinburgh Merchant Company...

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Martin, Richard (1570–1618), barrister and politician, was born at Otterton, Devon, the son of William Martin of Otterton and Anne, daughter of Richard Parker of Sussex. He matriculated at Pembroke College, Oxford, as a commoner in 1585, and made his mark as a debater although he left without taking his degree. He entered the ...