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Barclay, William [Guillaume] (1546–1608), civil lawyer, was born in Scotland. According to Sir Robert Sibbald he was descended from the Barclays of Collairnie in Fife; but according to a note attached to James Gordon's History of Scots Affairs (1841) he was a grandson of ...

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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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Butler, Charles (1750–1832), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born in London on 14 August 1750, the son of James Butler, a successful linen draper who had a shop on Pall Mall. His mother, whose maiden name was Blandecque and whose family came from ...

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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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Cartier, Sir George-Étienne, baronet (1814–1873), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 6 September 1814 at Seven Chimneys, St Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Lower Canada, the seventh of the eight children of Jacques Cartier (1774–1841), a merchant, and his wife, Marguerite (1779–1848), the daughter of ...

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Dene, Peter (d. in or after 1334), canon lawyer and monk, no doubt derived from one of the villages called Dean in Sussex. A secular priest of the Chichester diocese, he began to acquire benefices in Sussex by the late 1280s and, later, benefices elsewhere. By 1287 ...

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Duane, Matthew (1707–1785), lawyer and art patron, was of obscure family origins. It seems likely that he came from Ireland and that his education took place in a Catholic school on the continent. Prevented by his religion from being called to the bar, he was by his mid-thirties practising with great success as a ‘chamber counsel’ and conveyancer in ...

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Hamilton, Thomas, earl of Melrose and first earl of Haddington (1563–1637), lawyer and politician, was the eldest son of Thomas Hamilton of Priestfield (fl. 1547–1610) and his first wife, Elizabeth Heriot (fl. 1558–1563).

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Laurier, Sir (Henri Charles) Wilfrid (1841–1919), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in St Lin, a village near Montreal, on 20 November 1841, the son of Carolus Laurier (1815–1886), a farmer and surveyor who was active in local politics, and his wife, ...

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Mathew, Sir Theobald (1898–1964), lawyer and public servant, was born in London on 4 November 1898, the elder son of Charles James Mathew (1872–1923), barrister and briefly (1922–3) Labour MP for Whitechapel, and his wife, Anna, daughter of James Archbold Cassidy, of Monasterevan, co. Kildare...

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Matthews, Henry, Viscount Llandaff (1826–1913), lawyer and politician, was born on 13 January 1826 in Ceylon, the second of three children and only son of Henry Matthews (1789–1828), a puisne judge in Ceylon, and his wife, Emma (d. 1861). His father, the son of ...

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Nagle, Sir Richard (1635/6–1699), lawyer and Jacobite politician, was born in co. Cork, the second of at least five sons of James Nagle (d. 1678) of Clenor, co. Cork, and his wife, Honora, daughter of Maurice Nugent of Aghanagh, co. Cork. The ...

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Napier, Sir Oliver John (1935–2011), solicitor and politician, was born on 11 July 1935 at 34 Malone Avenue, Belfast, the son of James Joseph Napier, solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Frances (Sheila), née Bready, teacher. In 1941, during the Second World War, the family relocated and his early years were spent near ...

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Yonge, John (1466/7–1516), civil lawyer and diplomat, was born at Heyford, Oxfordshire, a manor which belonged to New College, Oxford. Yonge later lived in Rye, Sussex. Nothing is known of his parents. When aged eleven he entered Winchester College as a scholar on 29 September 1478. He became a scholar of ...