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Alderson, Sir Edward Hall (bap. 1787, d. 1857), law reporter and judge, was baptized on 10 September 1787 at Great Yarmouth Presbyterian Old Meeting Chapel, the eldest son of Robert Alderson (d. 1833), barrister and recorder of Norwich, and his first wife, ...

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Sir George Croke (c. 1560–1642) by unknown artist, 1626 reproduced by permission of the Earl of Verulam. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Croke, Sir George (c. 1560–1642), judge and law reporter, was the third son of John Croke (d. 1608) of Chilton, Buckinghamshire, and Elizabeth (d. 1611), daughter of Sir Alexander Unton of Chequers. Educated at the parish school in Thame, he matriculated at ...

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Dalison, William (d. 1559), judge and law reporter, was the second son of William Dalison (d. 1546) of Laughton, Lincolnshire, and Anne, daughter of George Wastneys. Although he has been claimed as a member of Cambridge University, this is probably a result of confusion with the ...

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Dyer, Sir James (1510–1582), judge, law reporter, and speaker of the House of Commons, was born between January and March 1510, the second son of Richard Dyer (d. 1523) of Wincanton, Somerset; his mother's surname was Walton. There was an old tradition that he spent some time at ...

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Godbolt, John (bap. 1583?, d. 1648), judge and law reporter, was probably baptized at Tannington, Suffolk, on 21 July 1583, the son of Thomas Godbold (d. 1622) and his wife, Agnes. After a brief period at Barnard's Inn he was admitted to ...

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Harpur, Richard (d. 1577), judge and law reporter, was the son or grandson of Henry Harpur of Rushall, Staffordshire, son of the MP John Harpur (d. 1464). He came to the attention of Sir John Port (d. 1540), justice of the ...

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Jones, Sir Thomas (1614–1692), judge and law reporter, born on 13 October 1614, was the second son of Edward Jones (d. 1648), of Sandford, Shropshire, and Mary, daughter of Robert Powell, of Whittington Park, Shropshire. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and admitted as a pensioner at ...

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Saunders, Sir Edmund (d. 1683), judge and law reporter, came from obscure parentage. According to his will Saunders 'drew my first breath' (TNA: PRO, PROB 11/374, fols. 355v–356r) in the parish of Barnwood, near Gloucester. His will also refers to his father and mother ...

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Spelman, Sir John (c. 1480–1546), judge and law reporter, was the fourth son of Henry Spelman (d. 1496) and his second wife, Ela, daughter of William Narborough of Narborough, Norfolk, and widow of Thomas Shouldham (d. 1472) of Marham. His father was a reader of ...

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Townshend [Townesend], Sir Roger (c. 1430–1493), justice and law reporter, was the son of John Townshend (d. 1466), a prosperous yeoman farmer of Raynham in Norfolk, and his wife, Agnes. He was probably born in the early 1430s, since he entered Lincoln's Inn...