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Gilbert Abbott À Beckett (1811–1856) attrib. Charles Couzens, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott (1811–1856), comic writer and police magistrate, was born at The Grange, Hampstead, Middlesex, on 17 February 1811, the third son of William A'Beckett (1777–1855), a reform solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Abbott. His forebears were an ancient Wiltshire family, who traced their ancestry back to the fourteenth century and claimed descent from ...

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Allott, Antony Nicolas [Tony] (1924–2002), jurist and magistrate, was born on 30 June 1924 at home, Leomont, in Jump, a mining village near Barnsley, Yorkshire, the first son and third of the nine children of Reginald William Allott (1892–1970), steelworks manager, and his wife, ...

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Archer, Sir Simon (1581–1662), magistrate and antiquary, was born on 21 September 1581, the eldest son of Andrew Archer (d. 1629) of Umberslade, near Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, and Margaret (d. 1614), daughter of Simon Ralegh of Farnborough, Warwickshire. He was educated at ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Birnie, Sir Richard (c. 1760–1832), police magistrate, was a native of Banff, Scotland. After serving his apprenticeship to a saddler he went to London, where he found work in the Haymarket with Macintosh & Co., saddlers and harness makers to the royal family. Having on one occasion been called upon by chance to attend the ...

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J. M. Rigg

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Bridge, Sir John (1824–1900), police magistrate, was born on 21 April 1824, the only son of John H. Bridge of Finchley, Middlesex. At Oxford, where he matriculated from Trinity College on 10 March 1842, he graduated BA with a first class in mathematics in 1846, and proceeded MA in 1849. On 10 April 1844 he was admitted student at the ...

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Agnes Macdonell

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Burn, John (1743/4–1802), magistrate and legal editor, the son of Richard Burn (1709–1785), vicar of Orton and chancellor of the diocese of Carlisle, was born at the family home, Orton Hall, Westmorland. Although trained for the legal profession Burn did not practise, but his legal knowledge stood him in good stead in his capacity as a magistrate in the counties 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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Sybil Campbell (1889–1977) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge