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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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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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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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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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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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Sir William Garrow (1760–1840) by Robert Dunkarton, pubd 1810 (after Arthur William Devis, pubd 1802) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garrow, Sir William (1760–1840), barrister and judge, was born on 13 April 1760 at Monken Hadley, Middlesex, the youngest son of David Garrow (1715–1805), an ordained minister of the Church of England who maintained a boarding-school at Monken Hadley, and his wife, Sarah Lowndes...

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Goddard, Ann Felicity (1936–2011), barrister and judge, was born at the lying-in hospital in York Road, Lambeth, London, on 22 January 1936, the only child of Graham Elliott Goddard (1908–1973), police officer, and his wife, Margaret Louise Hambrook, née Clark (1907–1995). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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John Andrew Hamilton, Viscount Sumner (1859–1934) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, John Andrew, Viscount Sumner (1859–1934), barrister and judge, was born on 3 February 1859 at 47 Rumford Street, Chorlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, the second son and third of the seven children of Andrew Hamilton, a Scots-born iron merchant of Manchester, and Frances...

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Heilbron, Dame Rose (1914–2005), barrister and judge, was born on 19 August 1914 at 27 St James Road, Abercromby, Liverpool, the younger daughter of Max Heilbron and his wife, Nellie, née Summers. She was originally named Rosie, but this was later changed to ...

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Dame Rose Heilbron (1914–2005) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hooson, (Hugh) Emlyn, Baron Hooson (1925–2012), barrister, politician, and judge, was born at Colomendy, Henllan, Denbigh, a 100 acre farm in the Vale of Clwyd, on 26 March 1925, the son of a farmer, Hugh Hooson (1888–1948), and his wife, Elsie, née Jones...

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Jones, (John) Mervyn Guthrie Griffith- (1909–1979), barrister and judge, was born on 1 July 1909 at 19 Kidderpore Gardens, Hampstead, London, the son of John Stanley Phillips Griffith-Jones (1877/8–1949), barrister, and Eveline Louisa, née Yarrow (1872/3–1966). He was educated at Eton College and ...

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(John) Mervyn Guthrie Griffith- Jones (1909–1979) by Gerald Schwab 1946 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Gerald Schwab

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Knowlys, Newman (1758–1836), barrister and judge, was born in London, the fourth son of William Knowlys, merchant, of Harp Lane, Tower Street, London. Educated at Botesdale and Christ's College, Cambridge (he did not obtain a degree), Knowlys was admitted to the Middle Temple...