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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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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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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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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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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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William Cubbon

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Gell, Sir James (1823–1905), lawyer and judge, was born at Kennaa, Isle of Man, on 13 January 1823, the second son of John Gell. The family of Gell had held land at Kennaa for more than four centuries. After education at Castletown grammar school...

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Goodman, Geoffrey George (1922–2013), journalist, author, and broadcaster, was born at 59 Shaw Heath, Stockport, on 2 July 1922, the only child of Michael Goodman, hat box manufacturer's manager, later a clerk in the Ministry of Supply, and his wife, Edythe, née Bowman (1893–1976)...

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Hobart, Sir Henry, first baronet (c. 1554–1625), lawyer and judge, was the second son of Thomas Hobart (1522/3–1560) of Plumstead, Norfolk, and his wife, Audrey (d. 1580), daughter of William Hare of Beeston, Norfolk. He was the great-grandson of Sir James Hobart...

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John Stewart Hobhouse, Baron Hobhouse of Woodborough (1932–2004) by unknown photographer, 1993 © Photoshot

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Hobhouse, John Stewart, Baron Hobhouse of Woodborough (1932–2004), judge, was born on 31 January 1932 at High Pastures, 22 Elmswood Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, the second of three sons and third of five children of Sir John Richard Hobhouse (1893–1961), shipowner, and his wife, ...

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Inge, Sir William (c. 1260–1322), lawyer and justice, was probably born in or before 1260 at or near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, the son of Thomas Inge of Dunstable, a minor local landowner active in local administration. Between 1281 and 1285 he acted as the attorney of a number of different litigants in the ...

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Sir Robert Yewdall Jennings (1913–2004) by Max Koot © Max Koot

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Jennings, Sir Robert Yewdall (1913–2004), jurist, international lawyer, and judge, was born on 19 October 1913 at 25 Sherborne Villas, Town Lane, Idle, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the only son of Arthur Jennings and his wife, Edith Schofield, née Brotherton. He was brought up in solid but simple circumstances. His mother was a mill worker; her father, a butcher, could neither read nor write, but was a lively character with an affectionate relationship with his grandson. His paternal grandfather was a clerk at the mill, and his father, ...

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Jermyn, Philip (1587/8–1654), lawyer and judge, was the third son of Alexander Jermyn or Germyn (d. 1608), a merchant of Exeter, and was probably born in St Lawrence's parish in that city. Alexander Jermyn was a freeman of Exeter, serving once as sheriff, and was of the ruling élite, the ‘twenty-four’; his own father had been twice sheriff. By the 1590s ...

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Murray, Sir Thomas, of Glendoick, baronet, Lord Glendoick (c. 1633–1684/5), lawyer and judge, was the second son of Thomas Murray of Cassochie and Woodend (d. 1666), advocate, and Jean, daughter of Anthony Murray, parson of Utricholm (perhaps Ulcombe) in Kent. The father was made sheriff-depute of ...

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Passele, Sir Edmund (b. in or before 1267, d. 1327), lawyer and justice, took his surname from Pashley in the parish of Ticehurst in east Sussex. He was not related to the members of the quite separate Passelewe family. Edmund was the son of ...

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Rotherham, Sir John (bap. 1630, d. 1708), lawyer and judge, was baptized at Luton on 21 October 1630, the son of Thomas Attwood Rotherham (bap. 1602, d. 1657) and Anne (or Agnes), daughter of John Browne of Tring, Hertfordshire. His father was vicar successively of ...