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Barry, Michael Joseph (1817–1889), writer and lawyer, was born in Cork City, the eldest son of Michael Joseph Barry, a barrister and later professor of English law in the then Queen's College, Cork (now University College, Cork), and his wife, Anne England...

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Bell, Henry Glassford (1803–1874), writer and sheriff, was born in Glasgow on 8 November 1803, the eldest son of James Bell (d. 1826), advocate, and his wife Janet (1780–1855), daughter of the Revd James Hamilton of Cathcart. Jonathan Anderson Bell, the architect, was his brother and ...

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Brackenridge, Hugh Henry [formerly Hugh Montgomery Breckenridge] (1748–1816), writer and judge, was born Hugh Montgomery Breckenridge, probably at Ballivulune, near Campbeltown, Argyll, the only son of William Breckenridge, a farmer. Impoverished following the Jacobite rising, the family emigrated to the Barrens, York county, Pennsylvania...

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Cheape, Douglas (1797–1861), writer and jurist, was born on 9 May 1797 at Rossie, Fife, and was baptized in the parish church at Collessie shortly thereafter; he was the third son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Captain John Cheape (1757–1838)...

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Cockburn, Henry, Lord Cockburn (1779–1854), author and judge, was born in or near Edinburgh, on 26 October 1779, the son of Archibald Cockburn (d. 1820), and his wife, Janet Rannie. His father was one of the learned lairds who made up the country's ...

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Henry Cockburn, Lord Cockburn (1779–1854) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, exh. Royal Scottish Academy 1853 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Cole, Henry Alfred [Harry] (1930–2008), police constable and author, was born on 12 July 1930 at 48A Lower Road, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, London, the son of Henry Alfred Cole, furrier, and his wife, Emma Elizabeth, née Shipgood. Born and raised in south London, he left school during the Second World War when he was fourteen and became in turn a cricket-bat maker, soldier, and stonemason. On 20 September 1952 he married ...

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Concanen, Matthew (1701–1749), writer and lawyer, was born in Ireland. Nothing is known of his parentage, education, or early life beyond Shiels's statement that he 'was bred to the Law' (Cibber, 5.27). He showed early literary ambitions with a comedy, Wexford Wells...

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Copley, Anthony (b. 1567, d. in or after 1609), writer and conspirator, was the third son of Thomas Copley (1532–1584) and his wife, Catherine Luttrell (d. in or after 1590). John Copley (c. 1577–1662) was his younger brother. When his father went abroad, he remained in ...

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Dignan, David Brown (b. 1754/5, d. in or after 1780), author and fraudster, was the second son of an Irish physician who served in the Austrian army and rose to the rank of colonel before retiring to an estate in co. Clare. Dignan...

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Fabian, Robert Honey (1901–1978), police officer and broadcaster, was born at 25A Malyons Road, Ladywell, Lewisham, London, on 31 January 1901, the second of two sons of Andrew Pinwill Fabian (1868–1953), steam engine maker's fitter, and his wife, Ada Eliza, née Taggart (1870/71–1963)...

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Henry Fielding (1707–1754) by unknown engraver, after 1762 (after William Hogarth) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fielding, Henry (1707–1754), author and magistrate, was born on 22 April 1707 at Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury, Somerset, the eldest of the seven children of Colonel Edmund Fielding (1680–1741), a veteran of Marlborough's wars who would rise to the rank of lieutenant-general, and ...

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Finch, Sir Henry (c. 1558–1625), author and lawyer, was the third born but second surviving son of Sir Thomas Finch (d. 1563) of Eastwell, Kent, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Moyle. After the death of Henry's soldier father his mother married the puritan lawyer and member of ...

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Higden, Henry (bap. 1645), author and lawyer, the son of John Higden (b. c.1610) and his wife, Joane, née Durden (b. c.1610), was baptized at St Mary Putney, Surrey, on 28 August 1645. After attending Westminster School he was admitted to the ...

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Howard, Gorges Edmond (1715–1786), writer and lawyer, the son of Francis Howard, a captain of dragoons, and his wife, Elizabeth Jackson, was born at Coleraine, co. Londonderry, on 28 August 1715. Howard was educated at the Dublin school of Thomas Sheridan, the most famous in ...

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Jacob, Giles (bap. 1686, d. 1744), legal and literary author, was baptized on 22 November 1686 in Romsey, Hampshire, the only son among eight children of Henry Jacob (d. 1735), maltster, and his wife, Susanna Thornbery. It is unknown where he received his education, but he later wrote that he received legal training under a 'very eminent attorney' (...

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Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey (1773–1850) by Sir Henry Raeburn, in or before 1812 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Jeffrey, Francis, Lord Jeffrey (1773–1850), writer and judge, was born on 23 October 1773 at 7 Charles Street, off George Square, Edinburgh, the elder son and third of five children of George Jeffrey (1742–1812), depute clerk in the Court of Session, and Henrietta...

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Jesse [married name Harwood], Wynifried Margaret [Fryniwyd] [pseud. F. Tennyson Jesse] (1888–1958), writer and criminologist, was born Wynifried Margaret Jesse on 1 March 1888 at Holly Bowers, Chislehurst, Kent, second of three daughters of the Revd Eustace Tennyson d'Eyncourt Jesse (1853–1927)...