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Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792–1867), historian and lawyer, was born on 29 December 1792 at Kenley, Shropshire, in the parsonage of his father, Archibald Alison (1757–1839), son of Patrick Alison, lord provost of Edinburgh. The elder Archibald married in 1784 Dorothea (...

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Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1839 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen, Edward Heron- (1861–1943), lawyer and scholar, was born in London on 17 December 1861, the fourth child of George Allen (1823–1911), head of the firm of Allen & Son, Solicitors, Soho, London, and his wife, Catherine Herring or Heron (b. 1830)...

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Amyot, Thomas (1775–1850), lawyer and antiquary, was the eldest of the six sons and one daughter of Peter Amyot (c.1736–1799), a watch- and clock-maker, and his wife, Susannah Garrett. His great-grandfather Thomas, the eldest son of a physician to Louis XIII...

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Ball, Sir Peter (bap. 1598, d. 1680), lawyer and antiquary, was the second-born (but eldest surviving) son of Giles Ball (b. 1573) of Mamhead, Devon, and his wife, Urith (d. 1644), daughter of Humphrey Copleston of Instow, Devon. He was baptized at ...

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T. F. T. Dyer

revised by J. A. Marchand

Beckwith, Josiah (1734–1788x1800), lawyer and antiquary, was born on 24 August 1734 at Rothwell, near Leeds, where his father, Thomas Beckwith, practised as an attorney. He also became an attorney and settled at Masbrough, near Rotherham. He married on 14 August 1763 at ...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), lawyer and genealogist, was born in Dublin on 11 January 1837, the son of Edward Bewley (1806–1876), licentiate of the Irish colleges both of surgeons and of physicians, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Mulock (1791–1857) of ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by Hugh Mooney

Bolland, Sir William (1771/2–1840), lawyer and book collector, was the eldest son of James Bolland of Southwark. He was educated under Dr Valpy at Reading School where he wrote several prologues and epilogues for the school's annual dramatic performances. He then went to ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by David Dean

Bowes, Paul (d. 1702), lawyer and antiquary, was born at Great Bromley, Essex, the second son of Sir Thomas Bowes (d. 1676), witch persecutor, and Mary (b. 1608), third daughter of Paul Dewes (1567–1631) [see under Dewes, Garrat]; his parents had married on 4 December 1626. After being educated at the school at ...

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Burn, William Laurence (1904–1966), historian and lawyer, was born on 15 October 1904 at Bombay House, Angate Street, Wolsingham, co. Durham, the only son of Laurence Burn (1864–1920) and his wife, Annie (1871–1931), daughter of William Coates of Oakcroft, Wolsingham. Burn's father was a minor landowner and tradesman, possessing a local quasi-patriarchal position which his son was to inherit. ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Butcher, Richard (1586/7–1664), antiquary and lawyer, came from an unknown family. In 1646, as town clerk of Stamford, he published The survey and antiquitie of the towne of Stamford, in the county of Lincolne; with its ancient foundation, grants, priviledges, etc., probably the result of work done to support the town council's claims presented to ...

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Chauncy, Sir Henry (1632–1719), lawyer and antiquary, was born on 12 April 1632 at Yardley Bury, Yardley, Hertfordshire, the eldest of the seven children of Henry Chauncy (1600–1681) of Yardley and his wife, Anne (1608–1707), daughter of Peter Parke of Tottenham and his wife, ...

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Coke, Zachary (bap. 1618?), logician and lawyer, was the son of Thomas Coke, of Cornwall; he may have been the Zachary Cocke baptized at St Andrew's, Plymouth, on 27 December 1618. Coke was admitted to Gray's Inn on 28 December 1649. Nothing further is known of his life. His book, ...

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J. A. Hamilton

revised by Beth F. Wood

Cooper, Charles Purton (1793–1873), lawyer and antiquary, was the son of Charles Cooper, linen draper, of St Dunstan, Kent, and Fleet Street, London. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1810 and was a contemporary of Richard Bethell, first Lord Westbury...

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Creed, Sir Thomas Percival (1897–1969), lawyer and educationist, was born in Leicester on 29 January 1897, the third son in the family of five children of the Revd Colin John Creed, curate of St Peter's, Leicester, and later rector of Farthinghoe, Northamptonshire, and his wife, ...

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Sir Thomas Percival Creed (1897–1969) by Godfrey Argent, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crosbie, Andrew (1736–1785), lawyer and antiquary, was probably born at Soutergate, Dumfries. He was the surviving son (the elder died young) of Andrew Crosbie (d. 1762), provost of Dumfries (like his father, John), and Jean, daughter of James Grierson of Barjary...

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Andrew Crosbie (1736–1785) by David Martin in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates

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Dalrymple, Sir John, of Cousland [afterwards Sir John Hamilton-Macgill-Dalrymple], fourth baronet (1726–1810), lawyer and historian, was the eldest son of Sir William Dalrymple of Cousland, third baronet (1704–1771), advocate, and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1755), daughter of William Crawford of ...

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