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Birks, Peter Brian Herrenden (1941–2004), jurist, was born on 3 October 1941 at Green Hedges, Westmeston, Lewes, Sussex, the eldest son of Peter Herrenden Birks, a medical practitioner and captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, (Maud) Mary, née Morgan...

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Holdsworth, Sir William Searle (1871–1944), legal historian, was born at Beckenham, Kent, on 7 May 1871, the eldest son of Charles Joseph Holdsworth, solicitor, and his wife, Ellen Caroline Searle, whose descent could be traced back to Oliver Cromwell. He was educated at ...

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Sir William Searle Holdsworth (1871–1944) by Walter Stoneman, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jardine, David (1794–1860), magistrate and legal historian, was born at Pickwick, Wiltshire, the eldest of the three children of David Jardine (1766–1797), minister at the Trim Street Unitarian Chapel, Bath, and his wife, the daughter of George Webster of Hampstead. He matriculated at the ...

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Maitland, Frederic William (1850–1906), legal historian, was born on 28 May 1850 at 53 Guilford Street, London, the only son of John Gorham Maitland (1818–1863), civil servant, and Emma, daughter of John Frederic Daniell FRS (1790–1845). He had two sisters: the birth of the younger in 1851 was followed by the death of their mother. Her sister ...

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Frederic William Maitland (1850–1906) by Beatrice Lock, 1906 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Plucknett, Theodore Frank Thomas (1897–1965), legal historian, was born on 2 January 1897 in Bristol, the only son of Frank Plucknett, boot stock keeper, who became a shoemaking technologist and taught and wrote books on that subject, and of his wife, Caroline Thomas...

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Theodore Frank Thomas Plucknett (1897–1965) by Lafayette, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Schulz, Fritz Heinrich (1879–1957), legal historian, was born in Bunzlau in German Silesia (now Boleslawiec in Poland) on 16 June 1879, the son of a factory manager. He studied principally in Berlin, where the main influences on him were A. Pernice and ...

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Simpson, (Alfred William) Brian (1931–2011), legal historian and legal scholar, was born on 17 August 1931 at Helme Chase nursing home, Kendal, Westmorland, the younger son and youngest of four children (three of whom survived infancy) of Bernard William Simpson (1891–1966), Church of England...