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Andrews, Robert (1703–1763), lawyer and property developer, was born in London, probably at Upper John Street, Golden Square, on 3 September 1703, the fifth but second surviving son of Richard Andrews (1664–1734), a scrivener, and his wife, Elizabeth (1664–1749), daughter of Hugh Pigot...

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Beck, Simon Adams (1803–1883), gas industrialist and lawyer, was baptized at Condover, Shropshire, on 25 July 1803, the son of James Beck of Allesley Park, Warwickshire, and his wife, Sarah Coker. He trained as a lawyer and in 1829 married Sarah Ann, second daughter of ...

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Burge, William (1786–1849), barrister, slave owner, and anti-abolition advocate, was born in Castle Cary, Somerset, on 18 April 1786, the eldest son in the family of three sons and six daughters of John Burge (1746–1810), stocking maker, and his wife, Elizabeth (1760–1804), daughter of the ...

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Dockwray [Docwra], Thomas (d. 1559), master of the Stationers' Company and ecclesiastical lawyer, about whose origins and parentage nothing is known, does not seem to have been related to his namesake and near contemporary Sir Thomas Docwra (d. 1527), prior of the knights of ...

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Hart, Sir David Michael (1940–2013), solicitor and trade union leader, was born on 27 August 1940 at Southsea nursing home in Dorking, Surrey, the only child of Edwin Henry Hart, clothing salesman and company director, and his wife, Freda Muriel, née Brandon. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Mackenzie, William Warrender, first Baron Amulree (1860–1942), lawyer and industrial arbitrator, was born at Pickston Hill, Scone, Perthshire, on 19 August 1860, the fourth son of Robert Mackenzie (1816–1898), farmer, and his wife, Jean Campbell (d. 1892), daughter of Basil Menzies, who was also a farmer. ...

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McLaren, Charles Benjamin Bright, first Baron Aberconway (1850–1934), barrister and industrialist, was born at Edinburgh on 12 May 1850, the elder son of Duncan McLaren (1800–1886), member of parliament for Edinburgh, and his third wife, Priscilla Bright McLaren (1815–1906), daughter of Jacob Bright...

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Menefie, George (1596/7–1645/6), merchant and lawyer, was probably born in south-western England. His literacy suggests some early education, perhaps in law, as he is occasionally referred to as a lawyer or attorney. Much of the information about his life is the result of fortuitous survivals, at least one relevant document having been rescued from a mass of legal papers which the civil war troops of ...

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Menzies [Menzey], Michael (d. 1766), advocate and inventor of agricultural and mining machinery, was probably one of the Menzies of Culter-Allers, Lanarkshire; little is known of his origins, but a younger brother was ‘sheriff-depute’ of Haddingtonshire. Menzies was admitted a member of the ...

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Morris, Sir Harold Spencer (1876–1967), barrister and industrial arbitrator, was born at 21 Compton Terrace, Highbury, London, on 21 December 1876, the second son of Sir Malcolm Alexander Morris FRCS (Edinburgh) (1849–1924) and his wife, Fanny Cox of Dorchester-on-Thames. Malcolm Morris had a distinguished career as a consulting surgeon and as a specialist in skin diseases, practising from ...

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Prosser, Richard (1804–1854), inventor and patent reformer, was born in Aston, Warwickshire, on 3 April 1804, the third child of Walter Prosser (1772–c.1840), a joiner and builder, and his wife, Eleanor Davies (1764–1854). Evidence of any formal education is lacking but, during his early employment with the ...

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Tappenden, James (bap. 1742, d. 1841), lawyer, banker, and ironmaster, was baptized on 13 October 1742 at St Mary's Church, Faversham, Kent, the only surviving child of James Tappenden (1707–1745), hoyman and mayor of Faversham (1743), and his wife, Mary Jones, daughter of ...