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Barre, Richard (b. c. 1130, d. in or after 1202), ecclesiastic and justice, was related to the Sifrewasts, Berkshire knights who also held land at their ancestral centre, Chiffrevast, in Normandy. Some time before 1150 he studied law at Bologna, where he was a fellow student of the canonist ...

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Bassingbourn, Humphrey of (d. 1238x41), ecclesiastic and justice, was a native of Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire, related to the local lords of the manor, including Warin of Bassingbourn, a prominent counsellor of King John. In 1206 Humphrey was presented by the king to Bassingbourn church...

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Breton [Bretun], John le [John Brito] (d. 1275), justice and bishop of Hereford, was chosen bishop from among the canons of Hereford in January 1269 and was consecrated on 2 June of that year. On his death in 1275 certain chronicles describe him as an 'expert in English laws, who had written a book about them called ...

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Châtillon, Henry de (fl. 1173–1209), justice and ecclesiastic, was the son of Rotrou (IV), count of Perche, and his wife, Matilda de Blois. He became a canon of Rouen Cathedral at an early age, presumably appointed by Archbishop Rotrou, who was his cousin german. He must have had a clerical education, and was probably a canon by 1173. Since he is rarely titled ‘master’ it seems unlikely that he completed a university course of study. ...

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Drayton, Nicholas (d. in or before 1379), ecclesiastic and justice, was a fellow of the royal college of the King's Hall, Cambridge, from 4 May 1360 until 26 August 1362. He was already a king's clerk when appointed warden of the King's Hall...

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Gibson, William (d. 1542), judge and bishop, was the second son of Thomas Gibson of Durie in Fife. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he was incorporated in 1503 and graduated on 4 December 1507. He was elected bursar of the university in October 1507. Thereafter he evidently studied law at a university overseas....

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Raleigh [Ralegh], William of (d. 1250), justice, administrator, and bishop of Winchester, came of a prominent Devon family which had several branches and whose members are sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another. In 1212 King John presented him to the church of ...

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Sinclair, Henry (1507/8–1565), judge and bishop of Ross, was the son of Sir Oliver Sinclair of Roslin, Edinburghshire (d. 1513), and his second wife, Isabella Livingstone, and grandson of William Sinclair, third earl of Orkney and first earl of Caithness (b. after 1407, d. 1480)...

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York, William of (d. 1256), justice, and bishop of Salisbury, apparently came from the East Riding of Yorkshire, though nothing is known of his parentage or early life. He may have begun his official career as a chancery clerk, perhaps under the patronage of ...