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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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Byles, Sir John Barnard (1801–1884), judge and author, was born in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on 11 January 1801. He was the eldest son of Jeremiah Byles, a timber merchant; his mother was the only daughter of William Barnard of Holt, Essex. Little is known about his early education, but before he became a member of the ...

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Francillon, James (1802–1866), judge and legal writer, was born on 21 November 1802, the sixth son of Francis Francillon and Frances Brook, daughter of Thomas Fennings, both of Harwich, Essex. He was descended on his father's side from a Huguenot family settled in ...

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Heywood, Samuel (1753–1828), judge and author, was born on 8 October 1753 at Liverpool, the eldest of four children of Benjamin Heywood (1731–1795), merchant, and his wife, Phoebe (b. 1729), daughter of Samuel Ogden of Liverpool. He was educated at the dissenting academy at ...

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Jardine, David (1794–1860), magistrate and legal historian, was born at Pickwick, Wiltshire, the eldest of the three children of David Jardine (1766–1797), minister at the Trim Street Unitarian Chapel, Bath, and his wife, the daughter of George Webster of Hampstead. He matriculated at the ...

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McNair, Arnold Duncan, first Baron McNair (1885–1975), jurist and judge, was born on 4 March 1885 at 52 Lucerne Road, Highbury Fields, London, the eldest child in the family of four sons and one daughter of John McNair (1856–1925) and his wife, Jeannie Ballantyne (1858–1953)...

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Porter, Sir Andrew Marshall, first baronet (1837–1919), judge and politician, was born in Belfast on 27 June 1837, the eldest son of the Revd John Scott Porter (1801–1880), Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Margaret (1812–1879), daughter of Andrew Marshall MD, a surgeon in the ...

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Jocelyn Edward Salis Simon, Baron Simon of Glaisdale (1911–2006) by Elliott & Fry, 1952 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Simon, Jocelyn Edward Salis [Jack], Baron Simon of Glaisdale (1911–2006), politician and judge, was born on 15 January 1911 at 51 Belsize Park, Hampstead, London, one of five sons of Frank Cecil Simon, stockbroker, and his wife, Claire Evelyn, née Mamelsdorf. His parents were Unitarians but he later became a practising Anglican. Educated at ...

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Wills, Sir Alfred (1828–1912), mountaineer and judge, born on 11 December 1828, was the second son of William Wills (d. 1860), solicitor, of Edgbaston, Warwickshire, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Jeremiah Ridout. A Unitarian, Wills was educated at Birmingham and Edgbaston proprietary school...