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Atwood, Thomas (d. 1793), judge in Dominica and the Bahamas and writer on economics and history, wrote that he spent several years of his life in Dominica, but his origins, as most of his other biographical details, are unknown. He was chief judge of ...

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Hancock, William Neilson (1820–1888), lawyer and economist, was born on 22 April 1820, at Lisburn, co. Antrim, the second son of William John Hancock, land agent and later a poor-law commissioner, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Samuel Neilson of Belfast, who took part in the 1798 rebellion. He was educated at the ...

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James Williams

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Hearn, William Edward (1826–1888), legal and economic writer, was born on 21 April 1826 at Belturbet, co. Cavan, the second son of the Revd William Edward Hearn (d. 1855), vicar of Killargue, co. Leitrim, and his wife, Henrietta Alicia, née Reynolds. He was educated at ...

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Hutcheson, Archibald (c. 1660–1740), lawyer and economist, was the son of Archibald Hutcheson of Stranocum, co. Antrim. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1680, was called to the bar in 1683, and for the next five years practised as a barrister in ...

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Kay, Joseph (1821–1878), economist and lawyer, the third son of Robert Kay (1768-1834) of Brookshaw House, near Bury, Lancashire, cotton merchant, and his wife, Hannah née Phillips (1780-1835), was born at Ordsall Cottage, Salford, on 27 February 1821. Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth (1804–1877)...

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Levi, Leone (1821–1888), jurist, political economist, and statistician, was born on 6 June 1821 in Ancona, later part of the kingdom of Italy. He came from a middle-class Jewish family. His father, Isaac, and his elder brother were both merchants. Leone received a practical, commercial education and began working for his brother at the age of fifteen. He travelled to ...

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Leone Levi (1821–1888) by Elliott & Fry, 1873 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Longfield, Mountifort (1802–1884), jurist and economist, was born at Church Hill, Desertserges, near Bandon, co. Cork, the second son of the Revd Mountifort Longfield, vicar of Desertserges, and his wife, Grace, daughter of William Lysaght of Fort William and Mount North, near Mallow...

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William Alexander Robson (1895–1980) by Elliott & Fry, 1963 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robson, William Alexander (1895–1980), jurist and reformer, was born on 14 July 1895 at Finchley, Middlesex, the first son and youngest of three children of Jack Robson, born Jacob Alexander Isaacs, a dealer in pearls in Hatton Garden, and his wife, Esther Louisa Afriat...

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Thomas Hamilton

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Shaw, James Johnston (1845–1910), economist and judge, was born at Kirkcubbin, co. Down, on 4 January 1845, the second son of John Maxwell Shaw (d. 1852), a merchant and farmer of Kirkcubbin, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Adam Johnston. He was taught locally, first at the national school, and later by ...

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See Shenfield [née Farrow], Dame Barbara Estelle

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Wakefield, Daniel (1776–1846), barrister and writer on political economy, was born in the spring of 1776, in Tottenham, Middlesex. He was the youngest of three children in the family of Edward Wakefield (1750–1826), merchant, and his wife, the writer Priscilla Wakefield (1750–1832), daughter of ...

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West, Sir Edward (bap. 1782, d. 1828), judge and political economist, was baptized on 5 April 1782 at St Marylebone, Middlesex, the son of John Balchen West (1745-1793), the receiver-general for Hertfordshire, and his wife, Mary née Folkes (1736-1813). His parents died early in his life, and he was brought up by his uncle ...