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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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Brudenell, Sir Robert (1461–1531), judge, was a younger son of Edmund Brudenell (d. 1469) of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, and his second wife, Philippa, daughter of Philip Englefield of Englefield. He is said, rather doubtfully, to have spent some time at King's College, Cambridge...

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Devlin, Patrick Arthur, Baron Devlin (1905–1992), judge and legal philosopher, was born at Chislehurst, Kent, on 25 November 1905, the eldest of three sons and second of five children of William John Devlin (d. 1932), architect, and his wife, Frances Evelyn (Fanny), ...

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T. F. Tout

revised by Paul Dalton

Eustace fitz John (d. 1157), justice and baron, was the son of John fitz Richard (b. before 1056), a minor tenant-in-chief in Essex and Norfolk, and an unknown mother. He succeeded Serlo de Burg, who is said (perhaps wrongly) to have been his uncle and to have founded the castle of ...

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Greene, Wilfrid Arthur, Baron Greene (1883–1952), judge, was born at 8 Fox Grove Road, Beckenham, Kent, on 30 December 1883, the son of Arthur Weguelin Greene, a solicitor, and his wife, Kathleen Agnes, daughter of Octavius Fooke. Although a Roman Catholic, he was educated at ...

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Herbert Stephen

revised by P. R. Glazebrook

Hawkins, Henry, Baron Brampton (1817–1907), judge, was born at Hitchin on 14 September 1817, the son of John Hawkins, a solicitor with a considerable ‘family’ practice, and his wife, Susanna, daughter of Theed Pearse, clerk of the peace of Bedfordshire. After attending Bedford School...

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More, Sir John (c. 1451–1530), judge, was the son and heir of William More (d. 1467), citizen and baker of London, and of Joanna, daughter and heir of John Joye, citizen and brewer of London, and granddaughter and heir of John Leycester...

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G. S. Woods

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Morris, Michael, first Baron Killanin (1827–1901), judge, was born at Spiddal, co. Galway, Ireland, on 14 November 1827, the eldest son of Martin Morris JP (1784–1862) and Julia Blake, the daughter of Dr Charles Blake of Galway. His father was the first Catholic since 1690 to hold the office of high sheriff of ...

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Murray, Sir (John) Hubert Plunkett (1861–1940), colonial governor and judge, was born on 29 December 1861, in Manly, near Sydney, New South Wales, the elder son of Dublin-born Sir Terence Aubrey Murray (1810–1873) and his second wife, Agnes Ann (c.1835–1891)...

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Nolan, Michael Patrick, Baron Nolan (1928–2007), judge and first chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, was born on 10 September 1928 at 2 Woodside Avenue, North Finchley, Middlesex, the younger son and youngest of three children of James Thomas Nolan (1895–1955)...

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O'Hagan, Thomas, first Baron O'Hagan (1812–1885), judge, was born in Belfast on 29 May 1812, the only son of Edward O'Hagan, a Catholic trader, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Captain Thomas Bell. His early education was at the Belfast Academical Institution, where he was at the time the only Catholic pupil. A keen interest in public speaking led to his early prominence in the school's debating society. In 1831 he was admitted as a student of the ...

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Palles, Christopher (1831–1920), judge, was born at 5 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, on 25 December 1831, the third son of Andrew Christopher Palles, a Dublin solicitor, and his wife, Eleanor Plunkett. Both were members of Roman Catholic families which had adhered to that religion throughout the period of the penal laws. Those laws, which imposed severe disabilities on Catholics, had been significantly relaxed by the time ...

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Russell, Charles Arthur, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832–1900), judge, was born on 10 November 1832 at Newry, co. Down, Ireland, the eldest son of Arthur Russell (1785–1845) and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Matthew Mullin and widow of John Hamill, a merchant of ...

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Russell, Francis Xavier Joseph [Frank], Baron Russell of Killowen (1867–1946), judge, was born in London on 2 July 1867, the fourth son of Charles Arthur Russell, later Baron Russell of Killowen (1832–1900), lord chief justice of England, and his wife, Ellen Mulholland (1836–1918)...

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Wheatley, John Thomas, Baron Wheatley (1908–1988), politician and judge, was born on 17 January 1908 at 231 Main Street, Shettleston, Glasgow, the third and youngest child of Patrick Wheatley (1875–1937), sometime miner and later publisher, who was born in co. Waterford, and his wife, ...