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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Davies, Sir John (bap. 1569, d. 1626), lawyer and poet, third son of Edward Davies (d. 1580), a Welshman settled at Chisgrove in the parish of Tisbury, Wiltshire, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Bennett of Pitt House, Wiltshire, was baptized at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by F. D. A. Burns

Dover, John (1644–1725), lawyer and playwright, was born in October 1644 at Shirley Farm, Barton on the Heath, Warwickshire, and baptized on 28 October, the second son of Captain John Dover (bap. 1614, d. 1696) and his wife, Elizabeth Vade (d...

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Empson, William (1789–1852), lawyer and literary reviewer, was born at Bonby, Lincolnshire, on 7 November 1789, the son of the Revd Amaziah Empson (1755–1798) and his wife, Ann, née Kelk, of Brigg. He was educated at Winchester College and then at Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Finch, Sir Henry (c. 1558–1625), author and lawyer, was the third born but second surviving son of Sir Thomas Finch (d. 1563) of Eastwell, Kent, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Moyle. After the death of Henry's soldier father his mother married the puritan lawyer and member of ...

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Foulis, James (d. in or before 1549), poet and lawyer, was the son of the Edinburgh burgess Henry Foulis and a sister, possibly called Margaret, of James Henryson of Fordell, king's advocate. His siblings, except for one sister, and parents were killed by plague in ...

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Fraunce [France], Abraham (1559?–1592/3?), poet and lawyer, was born in Shropshire and went to Shrewsbury School, where his name is on the register for January 1572. He matriculated as a pensioner at St John's College, Cambridge, on 20 May 1575. On 8 November 1575 he was made a Lady Margaret scholar of his college; he graduated BA in 1580 and in the same year was elected one of its fellows. He commenced MA in 1583. In 1578 and 1579 he acted in ...