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W. P. Courtney

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Badeley, Edward Lowth (1803/4–1868), ecclesiastical lawyer, was the younger son of John Badeley MD, of Leigh's Hall, near Chelmsford, and his wife, Charlotte Brackenbury. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, at the age of sixteen on 14 January 1820 and graduated BA in 1823, taking his MA degree in 1828. In January 1841 he was called to the ...

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Becon, John (d. 1587), ecclesiastical lawyer and reformer, was born in Suffolk of unknown parentage. Educated at St John's College, Cambridge, he was admitted as a scholar in 1559, graduated BA in 1561, was admitted a fellow on 21 March 1561, and proceeded MA in 1564. His degrees were incorporated at ...

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Brent, Sir Nathanael (1573/4–1652), ecclesiastical lawyer and college head, was one of twelve children and the fifth son of Anker Brent (d. 1598) of Little Wolford, Warwickshire, and of his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Prat of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Chosen in 1589 postmaster (scholar) of ...

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Cosin, Richard (1548?–1597), ecclesiastical lawyer, was born in Hartlepool, the son of John Cosin (d. 1547) of Newhall, co. Durham, a gentleman and soldier who was killed by the Scottish enemy or by mischance shortly after the battle of Pinkie (September 1547). His mother, ...

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William Cleveland-Stevens

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Dibdin, Sir Lewis Tonna (1852–1938), ecclesiastical lawyer and administrator, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 19 July 1852, the third son of the Revd Robert William Dibdin and his wife, Caroline, only child of William Thompson, barrister, of the Temple. He was grandson of ...

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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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Dun [Donne], Sir Daniel (1544/5–1617), ecclesiastical lawyer, was the eldest of three known sons of Robert Dun of St Botolph, Aldersgate, London (d. 1552/3), gentleman (in his will, though in 1576 held to have been a villein regardant to the honour of ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Beth F. Wood

Haggard, John (1794–1856), ecclesiastical lawyer, was born on 2 January 1794 at Bradfield, Hertfordshire, the fourth son of William Henry Haggard (1757–1837), of Bradenham Hall, Norfolk, and Park Street, Westminster, and Frances, only daughter of the Revd Thomas Hans Amyand. John Haggard was the great-uncle of the famous writer and barrister ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Lee, Sir George (1700?–1758), ecclesiastical lawyer and politician, was the fifth son of Sir Thomas Lee, second baronet, and his wife, Alice, the daughter and coheir of Thomas Hopkins, a London merchant. Among his elder brothers was the judge William Lee. On 21 March 1716 he was entered as a pensioner at ...

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Lewin, William (d. 1598), ecclesiastical lawyer, was one of five known children of Edmund Lewin (son of John, of Cuffley, Hertfordshire), and his wife, Juliana, daughter of William Goche, feodary of Essex. He matriculated at Cambridge as a pensioner of Christ's College...

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Lougher, Robert (d. 1585), ecclesiastical lawyer, was born at Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the younger son of Thomas Lougher, alderman and former mayor of the town, and Maud, daughter of Rhys ap Gwilim of Betws, Carmarthen. Elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, as of founder's kin in 1553, he graduated BCL (9 July 1558) and proceeded DCL (19 February 1565), having in the meantime been collated to the archdeaconry of ...

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Lyndwood, William (c. 1375–1446), administrator, ecclesiastical lawyer, and bishop of St David's, was born in Linwood, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. One of the seven children of John Lyndwood (d. 1419), a successful woolman, and his wife, Alice, William Lyndwood is depicted as a child, but dressed precociously in the robes of a doctor of laws, on his father's monumental brass in ...

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Nevinson [Nevynson], Stephen (c. 1520–1580), biographer and ecclesiastical lawyer, was born about 1520, the second son of Richard Nevinson of Newby, Westmorland. His first cousin Christopher Nevinson was diocesan commissary to Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, and married Cranmer's niece. This family connection with the central figure of the English Reformation was crucial for ...

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Oughton, Thomas (b. 1660), ecclesiastical lawyer and legal writer, born on 13 September 1660 in the parish of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, Warwickshire, was the son of Thomas Oughton (d. 1695), registrar of the court of delegates, and his wife, Issable. The younger ...

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Parsons, Richard (1641/2–1711), ecclesiastical judge and antiquary, was born at Birchanger, Essex, the son of William Parsons (1599×1604–1671). William Parsons was a scholar of Winchester College from 1614, and a fellow of New College, Oxford, from 1622, graduating BCL in 1629. William was rector of ...

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Rokeby, John (d. 1573), ecclesiastical lawyer, was the second son of Ralph Rokeby of Mortham in the parish of Rokeby in the North Riding of Yorkshire and his wife, Margaret, daughter and coheir of Robert Danby of Yafforth. He was educated at Cambridge University...

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Swinburne, Henry (c. 1551–1624), ecclesiastical lawyer, was born in Micklegate ward, York, the son of Thomas Swinburne and his wife, Alison Dalynson. He is believed to have been educated in Archbishop Holgate's school in York, and he started his career as a clerk in the office of the registrar of the ...

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Topham, Francis (c. 1713–1770), ecclesiastical lawyer, son of Edward Topham, esquire, and his wife, possibly named Susan, was born at Cowton Grange in the parish of Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Yorkshire, and attended Mr Close's school at Richmond. He matriculated at the University of Cambridge...

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Wilbraham, Sir Philip Wilbraham Baker, sixth baronet (1875–1957), ecclesiastical lawyer and administrator, was born at Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire, on 17 September 1875, the younger and only surviving son of Sir George Barrington Baker, fifth baronet (1845–1912), who took the additional surname of ...

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Wilkinson, William (c. 1551–1613), religious writer and ecclesiastical lawyer, was a Yorkshireman by birth. His precise origins are unclear, though it is known that his family held land in Bradford. His university education began when he matriculated as a pensioner at St John's College, Cambridge...