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Chorley, Robert Samuel Theodore, first Baron Chorley (1895–1978), lawyer and conservationist, was born on 29 May 1895 at Kendal, Westmorland, the eldest of three sons (there were no daughters) of Richard Fisher Chorley, a solicitor, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Frost...

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Dewhurst, Robert (1576/7–1645), lawyer and benefactor, was born at Wormley, near Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the second of the five sons of Barnard Dewhurst (1533–1596), a Lancashire man who became an employee of William Cecil, Baron Burghley, and his wife, Anne Warde, who was probably a niece of ...

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Harris, Edmund Robert (1803–1877), lawyer and benefactor, was born on 6 September 1803, probably at Preston, Lancashire, one of four children (three boys and a girl) of Robert Harris (1764–1862), a Cambridge graduate and vicar of St George's Church, Preston (1798 to death), and headmaster of ...

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Hope, John (1807–1893), lawyer and philanthropist, was born at Dalry House, near Edinburgh, on 12 May 1807, the elder son of James Hope (d. 1842), writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (d. 1822), daughter of James Walker of Dalry...

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Little, Clement (c. 1527–1580), lawyer and benefactor, was the elder son of Clement Little (d. 1551), a prosperous Edinburgh merchant who also owned property in upper Liberton to the south of the town, and his wife, Elizabeth Fisher. The couple ran their shop, filled with cloth, articles of apparel, and similar merchandise, which lay close to the family home on the south side of ...

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Lloyd, Stephen Thomas (1951–2014), solicitor and advocate of social enterprise, was born on 17 July 1951 at 7 Edwyn Close, Barnet, Hertfordshire, the youngest of four children of Thomas Henry Lloyd (1915–2004), a civil servant in the Ministry of National Insurance...

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John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1821–1911) by E. Braconnier © National Portrait Gallery, London

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E. R. Norman

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Ludlow, John Malcolm Forbes (1821–1911), lawyer and social activist, was born in Neemuch, India, on 8 March 1821, the youngest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Ludlow of the East India Company, and his wife, Maria Jane...

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Orme, Eliza (1848–1937), social activist and lawyer, was born on 25 December 1848 at 16 Regent Villas, Avenue Road, London, the seventh of eight children of Charles Orme (c.1807–1893), distiller, of Southwark, and his wife, Eliza (1816–1892), eldest daughter of the ...

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Pate, Richard (1516–1588), lawyer and refounder of Cheltenham grammar school, was born on 24 September 1516 and was probably the son of Walter Pate of Cheltenham, a prosperous tradesman who was a baker, butcher, and innkeeper (HoP, Commons, 1558–1603, 3.185; Jones, 90...

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Richard Pate (1516–1588) by unknown artist, 1550 Corpus Christi College, Oxford / Bridgeman Art Library

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Raper, (William) Augustus (1845–1940), lawyer and defender of commoners' rights, was born on 11 January 1845, one of two surviving children of seven born to William Augustus Raper (1816–1904), of Curzon House, Portsmouth, the medical officer of health for Portsmouth, and his wife, ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Salt, Samuel (d. 1792), lawyer and benefactor of Charles Lamb, was a son of John Salt, vicar of Audley in Staffordshire. He was admitted at the Middle Temple in 1741 and at the Inner Temple in 1745, and was duly called to the bar in 1753. In 1782 he was raised to the bench at the ...

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Sexey, Hugh (d. 1619), lawyer and benefactor, was a native of Bruton in east Somerset. The William Sexey recorded as buried there on 15 January 1567 may have been his father. A reliable tradition records his origins as humble, even though his family can be traced back to at least 1429. ...

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Leslie Stephen

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Stephen, Sir George (1794–1879), lawyer and slavery abolitionist, was born on 17 January 1794 on St Kitts, West Indies, the fourth son of James Stephen (1758–1832), later master in chancery, and his wife, Anna (bap. 1758, d. 1796), the daughter of Henry Stent...

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Stephen, James (1758–1832), lawyer and slavery abolitionist, was born on 30 June 1758 at Poole, Dorset, the second of seven children of James Stephen (bap. 1733, d. 1779), dealer and conveyancer, and his wife, Sibella (1738–1775), daughter of William Milner. He attended a series of schools, most of them for only brief periods of time on account of his father's indebtedness. In 1773 he was sent to ...

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James Stephen (1758–1832) by John Linnell, pubd 1834 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir (Charles) Geoffrey Vickers (1894–1982) by Godfrey Argent, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vickers, Sir (Charles) Geoffrey (1894–1982), lawyer and social theorist, was born on 13 October 1894 in Nottingham, the youngest child in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Henry Vickers, a lace maker, and his wife, Jessie Lomas. Educated at ...