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Adair, James (1743?–1798), judge and serjeant-at-law, whose place of birth remains unknown and whose date of birth is unconfirmed, was the first son of James Adair, a Belfast merchant, and Margaret Maxwell of co. Down where the younger Adair later inherited estates. While his early years remain somewhat obscure it is known that ...

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Baron, Dame Florence Jacqueline (1952–2013), barrister and judge, was born on 7 October 1952 in the Kingsbury Maternity Hospital, Honeypot Lane, Kingsbury, London, the daughter of Owsiej (Jose) Baron, electrical engineer, and his wife, Ellen Elizabeth Jane, née McLennan. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Benn, Sir Anthony (1569/70–1618), lawyer and judge, was the first son of Robert Benn, a linen draper of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, London. He matriculated at Broadgates Hall, Oxford, in January 1584 at the age of fourteen, and took a BA degree in 1587, having in the meantime been enrolled at the ...

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Thomas Henry Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill (1933–2010) by David Poole, 2002 The Master and Fellows of Balliol College, Oxford

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Bingham, Thomas Henry [Tom], Baron Bingham of Cornhill (1933–2010), judge, was born on 13 October 1933 at the nursing home, 49 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, London, the younger child and only son of Thomas Henry Bingham (1901–1980), a physician born and brought up in ...

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Birkett, (William) Norman, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962), barrister and judge, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 6 September 1883, the fourth of the five children of Thomas Birkett (d. 1913) and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1886), daughter of Moses Tyson...

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(William) Norman Birkett, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962) by Claude Rogers, 1958 © Estate of Claude Rogers; Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bracewell, Dame Joyanne Winifred (1934–2007), judge, was born on 5 July 1934 at 5 Orville Drive, Burnage, Manchester, daughter of John William Bracewell, cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Lilian, née Gibson. By the time of her birth the family was comfortably off, her father having worked his way up from humble origins to become director of a cotton manufacturing company. She was educated privately and became a talented child actor, appearing in a number of ...

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Brok, Laurence del (c. 1210–1274), lawyer and justice, was probably born in or before 1210 in Buckinghamshire. His first appearance in the records is in 1231, when he was appointed to act as an attorney in a Buckinghamshire case. By the late 1230s he had become one of a small group of professional lawyers practising in the ...

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Sybil Campbell (1889–1977) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Connell, Sir John (1765–1831), lawyer and judge, was born in Glasgow on 4 September 1765, son of Arthur Connell, merchant in Glasgow and lord provost of that city, and his wife, Magdalen Wallace. Educated at Glasgow University, he was admitted a member of the ...

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Curnow, (Elizabeth) Ann Marguerite (1935–2011), barrister and judge, was born on 5 June 1935 in Sapcote Road, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, the only child of Cecil Curnow (1907–1944), aircraftman, and his wife, Doris Babette, née Behr (1905–1964). Her father was shot down over Java...

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Dobie, William Jardine (1892–1956), lawyer, judge, and author, was born on 21 March 1892 at 133 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, the elder son of John Dobie, an Edinburgh solicitor, and his wife, Agnes Ballantyne. Even as a young schoolboy it seems that Dobie was intent on following his father's profession and, after his schooling at ...

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Evans, Sir (William) Vincent John (1915–2007), international lawyer, diplomatist, and judge, was born on 20 October 1915 at 163 Albert Road, Wood Green, Middlesex, of Welsh ancestry, the son of Charles Herbert Evans (d. 1978), bank clerk, later bank manager, and his wife, ...

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Exton, John (c. 1600–1668), civil lawyer and judge, is of obscure origins. He was admitted a pensioner at Christ's College, Cambridge, in July 1617, and migrated to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in March 1619. He graduated BA in 1620 and MA in 1623. Exton...

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Falconer, Sir David (1638/9–1685), lawyer and judge, was the second son of Sir David Falconer of Glenfarquhar (d. before 1682), one of the commissaries of Edinburgh, and Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Hepburn of Bearford. His elder brother was Sir Alexander Falconer...

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Fisher, Sir Henry Arthur Pears [Harry] (1918–2005), barrister, judge, and college head, was born at The Hall, Repton, Derbyshire, on 20 January 1918, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Geoffrey Francis Fisher (1887–1972), then headmaster of Repton School, and his wife, ...

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Foster, Sir Robert (1589–1663), barrister and judge, was the youngest son of Sir Thomas Foster (1548–1612) of Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, a judge of the common pleas under James I, and his wife, Susan, née Foster (c.1552–1626), of Iden, Sussex. Following his father's profession, ...

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Freeland, Sir John Redvers (1927–2014), international lawyer, diplomatist, and judge, was born at Gothic House nursing home, Brent Street, Hendon, London, on 16 July 1927, the only surviving child of (Clarence) Redvers Freeland (1900–1979), company director, and his wife, Freda Ivy, ...