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Francis Espinasse

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Adolphus, John (1768–1845), barrister and historian, was born in London on 7 August 1768; he was of German-Jewish descent. His grandfather was domestic physician to Frederick the Great, and wrote a French romance, Histoire des diables modernes (1763), which is sometimes wrongly ascribed to ...

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Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792–1867), historian and lawyer, was born on 29 December 1792 at Kenley, Shropshire, in the parsonage of his father, Archibald Alison (1757–1839), son of Patrick Alison, lord provost of Edinburgh. The elder Archibald married in 1784 Dorothea (...

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Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1839 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burn, William Laurence (1904–1966), historian and lawyer, was born on 15 October 1904 at Bombay House, Angate Street, Wolsingham, co. Durham, the only son of Laurence Burn (1864–1920) and his wife, Annie (1871–1931), daughter of William Coates of Oakcroft, Wolsingham. Burn's father was a minor landowner and tradesman, possessing a local quasi-patriarchal position which his son was to inherit. ...

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Dalrymple, Sir John, of Cousland [afterwards Sir John Hamilton-Macgill-Dalrymple], fourth baronet (1726–1810), lawyer and historian, was the eldest son of Sir William Dalrymple of Cousland, third baronet (1704–1771), advocate, and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1755), daughter of William Crawford of ...

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Ellis, Thomas Peter (1873–1936), lawyer and historian, was born on 4 June 1873 at Berse Cottage, near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the second son of Peter Ellis, a grocer, and his wife, Mary, née Lewis. After the early death of his father Ellis's family resided at his maternal grandmother's home at ...

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Fulbecke, William (b. 1559/60, d. in or after 1602), lawyer and historian, was born in the parish of St Benedict, Lincoln, a younger son of Thomas Fulbecke, a prominent Lincoln citizen who died midway through his term as mayor in 1566. He matriculated, aged seventeen, in 1577 at ...

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Haldane, Archibald Richard Burdon (1900–1982), lawyer and historian, was born at 55 Melville Street, Edinburgh, on 18 November 1900, the youngest child of Sir William Stowell Haldane (1864–1951), lawyer and landowner, younger brother of Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane of Cloan, and Professor John Scott Haldane...

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Hall, Edward (1497–1547), lawyer and historian, was born in the parish of St Mildred Poultry, London, the son of John and Katherine Hall. His father, a successful grocer, served as a warden of his company from 1512 to 1513, and several generations of ...

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Hardiman, James (1782–1855), historian and lawyer, was born in Westport, co. Mayo, in February 1782. He came of a family known in Irish as O'Hartigan. His father, who owned a small estate in Mayo, hoped that his son would become a priest. Hardiman...