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Adair, James (1743?–1798), judge and serjeant-at-law, whose place of birth remains unknown and whose date of birth is unconfirmed, was the first son of James Adair, a Belfast merchant, and Margaret Maxwell of co. Down where the younger Adair later inherited estates. While his early years remain somewhat obscure it is known that ...

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William Ballantine (1812–1887) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Ballantine, William (1812–1887), serjeant-at-law, was born in Howland Street, Tottenham Court Road, London, on 3 January 1812, the eldest son of William Ballantine (1778/9–1852). His father was called to the bar from the Inner Temple on 5 February 1813, was magistrate of the ...

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Barham, Nicholas (c. 1520–1577), serjeant-at-law, was born at Wadhurst, Sussex, the first son of Richard Barham of Wadhurst, and his wife, Alice Cradock. His was a branch of the Barham family of Teston House, Kent, which traced its descent from Robert of Barham...

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Bellasis, Edward (1800–1873), serjeant-at-law and Roman Catholic convert, the only son of the Revd George Bellasis of Queen's College, Oxford, rector of Yattendon and vicar of Basilden and Ashampstead, Berkshire, and his second wife, Leah Cooper, only surviving child and heir of Emery Viall...

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Bendlowes, William (1516–1584), serjeant-at-law and law reporter, was the son of Christopher Bendlowes of Great Bardfield, Essex, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Rufford. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge (c.1530), Thavies Inn, and Lincoln's Inn, where he was admitted in 1534 and called to the bar in 1539. In his early years at the bar he practised as an attorney of the ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Burke, Peter (1811–1881), serjeant-at-law, was born on 7 May 1811 in London, the eldest son of John Burke (1786–1848) of Elm Hall, co. Tipperary, the originator of Burke's Peerage, and his wife, Mary (1781–1846), daughter of Bernard O'Reilly of Ballymorris. His brother was ...

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Davy, William (d. 1780), serjeant-at-law, was the son and heir of William Davy (d. before 1741), druggist, of Exeter. Admitted to the Inner Temple on 16 October 1741, he was called to the bar in 1745. According to Lord Eldon's anecdotes he had originally begun in trade and had been made bankrupt, though it is possible that legend had confused the son with the father. ...

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Densell, John (d. 1536), serjeant-at-law, was the son of Remfry Densell and his wife, Katherine, daughter of John Skewys. He came of a Cornish family whose name derived from Densell or Denzil in the parish of Mawgan in Pydar. He was admitted to ...

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Alsager Vian

revised by Jonathan Harris

Frere, William (1775–1836), serjeant-at-law and college head, was born on 28 November 1775, the fourth son of the antiquary John Frere (1740–1807) of Roydon, Norfolk, and Jane, daughter of John Hookham of Beddington, Surrey. He was the younger brother of the diplomatist and author ...