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Eyre, Sir Giles (bap. 1635, d. 1695), judge, was the eldest son of Giles Eyre (bap. 1608, d. 1685) of Brickworth, Whiteparish, Wiltshire, and Anne (bap. 1617), daughter of Sir Richard Norton, first baronet, of Rotherfield, East Tisted, Hampshire. He was baptized on 28 May 1635 at ...


Foster, Sir Michael (1689–1763), judge and legal writer, was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 16 December 1689, the second son of Michael Foster (1658–1720), a Marlborough attorney, and his wife, Sarah Coleman (b. 1657). The Fosters were a dissenting family. Educated at ...


Sir Michael Foster (1689–1763) by John Faber junior, 1748 (after James Wills) © National Portrait Gallery, London


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Gurney, Sir John (1768–1845), judge, was born in London on 14 February 1768, the son of Joseph Gurney (1744–1815) of Walworth, legal and parliamentary stenographer [see under Gurney, Thomas], and his wife, who was the daughter of William Brodie of Mansfield...


Talfourd, Sir Thomas Noon (1795–1854), writer, judge, and politician, was born at Reading, Berkshire, on 26 May 1795, the son of Edward Talfourd, a brewer, and his wife, Ann, the daughter of the Revd Thomas Noon. Both Talfourd's father and his paternal grandfather, a dissenting minister in ...