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Austin Dobson

revised by Rebecca Mills

Anstey, John (bap. 1757, d. 1819), poet and barrister, the second son of Christopher Anstey (1724–1805) and Ann, third daughter of Felix Calvert of Albury Hall, Hertfordshire, was born at Anstey Hall, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, and baptized on 7 November 1757. A scholar at ...

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Barry, Michael Joseph (1817–1889), writer and lawyer, was born in Cork City, the eldest son of Michael Joseph Barry, a barrister and later professor of English law in the then Queen's College, Cork (now University College, Cork), and his wife, Anne England...

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Sidney Lee

revised by Jonathan Harris

Battine, William (1765–1836), lawyer and poet, was born at East Marden, Sussex, on 25 January 1765, the only son of William Battine. Through his mother's family he was one of the coheirs of the dormant barony of Bray, but he never publicly urged his claim. He was educated at ...

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H. F. Oxbury

revised by Myfanwy Lloyd

Boase, Frederic (1843–1916), lawyer and biographer, was born on 7 October 1843 in Larrigan, near Penzance, the youngest in the family of four sons and two daughters of John Josias Arthur Boase (1801–1896), banker, and his wife, Charlotte (1802–1873), daughter of Robert Sholl...

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James Boswell (1740–1795) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Boswell, James (1778–1822), barrister and literary scholar, was born on 15 September 1778 at James's Court, Edinburgh. He was the fourth child and second surviving son of James Boswell (1740–1795) of Auchinleck, advocate, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, and his wife, Margaret...

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Brome, Alexander (1620–1666), poet and lawyer, was born in the parish of Evershot, Dorset, the eldest son of the seven children of John Brome and his wife, about whom little is known. Henry Brome (d. 1681), the London bookseller, was a younger brother. ...

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Alexander Brome (1620–1666) by A. Hertocks, pubd 1661 The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA, USA

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Arthur H. Grant

revised by Eric Metcalfe

Brunton, George (1799–1836), lawyer and journalist, was born on 31 January 1799 in St Cuthberts, Midlothian, the son of George Brunton and his wife, Agnes Baxter, and was educated at the Canongate high school, Edinburgh. He was admitted a solicitor in 1831, and in the following year, with ...

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Caldecott, Thomas (bap. 1744, d. 1833), barrister and literary editor, was born in Rugby and baptized on 13 April 1744, the eldest of three sons of William Caldecott of Rugby and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd Peter Senhouse, of Linton, Herefordshire...

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Calverley [formerly Blayds], Charles Stuart (1831–1884), poet and lawyer, was born on 22 December 1831 at Martley in Worcestershire. His father, the Revd Henry Blayds (1794–1874?), was a descendant of the ancient Yorkshire family of Calverley, and his mother, Elizabeth, was the daughter of ...

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Chute, Francis (1697–1745), barrister and poet, was born on 7 April 1697 at The Vyne, Sherborne, Hampshire, the second son of Edward Chute (1658–1722), barrister, and Catherine, widow of Ferdinand Tracy, and daughter of Sir Anthony Keck (bap. 1630, d. 1695). He was elder brother of ...

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Cockburn, Sarah Caudwell [pseud. Sarah Caudwell] (1939–2000), barrister and novelist, was born on 27 May 1939 at the Wandsworth maternity home, Weir Road, London, the daughter of (Francis) Claud Cockburn (1904–1981), journalist, and Jean Iris Ross (1911–1973), the daughter of Charles Ross...

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Concanen, Matthew (1701–1749), writer and lawyer, was born in Ireland. Nothing is known of his parentage, education, or early life beyond Shiels's statement that he 'was bred to the Law' (Cibber, 5.27). He showed early literary ambitions with a comedy, Wexford Wells...

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Coulson, Walter (1795–1860), newspaper editor and barrister, son of Thomas Coulson (1767–1845), master painter in the Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Devon, and his wife, Catherine, second daughter of Walter Borlase, surgeon, of Penzance, Cornwall, was born at Torpoint in Cornwall, on 9 April 1795. His birth was registered at ...

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Cox, Edward William (1809–1879), lawyer and publisher, was born at Taunton, the eldest son of William Charles Cox, manufacturer, and Harriet, daughter of William Upcott of Exeter. He was educated at Taunton College. In 1836 he married Sophia, daughter of William Harris, surgeon in the ...

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Crawford, George Morland (1812–1885), lawyer and journalist, was born on 6 December 1812 at Chelsfield Court Lodge, Kent, the eldest of the three sons and six daughters of Robert Crawford (1789–1860) and Elizabeth (1788–1850), eldest daughter of Samuel and Sussanah Elvy. Little is known about his education, but he was known to be well-versed in the Latin classics and a competent French speaker. He began work at fifteen in the counting-house of ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by M. J. Mercer

Cromwell, Oliver (c. 1742–1821), biographer and lawyer, was one of six children of Thomas Cromwell (1699–1747/8), of Bridgewater Square, London, and his second wife, Mary (1708–1813), daughter of the London merchant Nicholas Skinner. He was the great-great-grandson and last of the direct male descendants of ...

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Cunningham, Sir Henry Stewart (1832–1920), lawyer and novelist, was born at the vicarage, Harrow, Middlesex, on 30 June 1832, the fifth son and penultimate child of the fourteen children of the Revd John William Cunningham (1780–1861); Henry was the third of the four children from his father's second marriage, to ...