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Birks, Peter Brian Herrenden (1941–2004), jurist, was born on 3 October 1941 at Green Hedges, Westmeston, Lewes, Sussex, the eldest son of Peter Herrenden Birks, a medical practitioner and captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, (Maud) Mary, née Morgan...

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Brent, Sir Nathanael (1573/4–1652), ecclesiastical lawyer and college head, was one of twelve children and the fifth son of Anker Brent (d. 1598) of Little Wolford, Warwickshire, and of his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Prat of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Chosen in 1589 postmaster (scholar) of ...

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Byng, Thomas (d. 1599), civil lawyer and college head, was the second son of John Byng of Wrotham in Kent and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Robert Spencer. His elder brother, Robert, was the ancestor of the well-known naval and military family. Thomas Byng...

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Calcutt, Sir David Charles (1930–2004), barrister and college head, was born on 2 November 1930 at Berkeley Nursing Home, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the only child of Alfred Henry (Harry) Calcutt (d. 1972), pharmacist, and his wife, Christine Linda, née Young. His early life was shaped by his musicality. A chorister at ...

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Fisher, Sir Henry Arthur Pears [Harry] (1918–2005), barrister, judge, and college head, was born at The Hall, Repton, Derbyshire, on 20 January 1918, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Geoffrey Francis Fisher (1887–1972), then headmaster of Repton School, and his wife, ...

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Frere, William (1775–1836), serjeant-at-law and college head, was born on 28 November 1775, the fourth son of the antiquary John Frere (1740–1807) of Roydon, Norfolk, and Jane (1746–1813), daughter of John Hookham of Beddington, Surrey. He was the younger brother of the diplomatist and author ...

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Harvey, Henry (d. 1585), civil lawyer and college head, was the son of Robert and Joan Harvey of Stradbroke, Suffolk. He graduated LLB from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1538 and LLD in 1542. An active and successful ecclesiastical lawyer, Harvey was admitted to the ...

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Leeds [Lydes], Edward (d. 1590), civilian and college head, was born at Benenden in Kent, the second son of William Leeds and Elizabeth Vinall. He graduated BA from Cambridge in 1542–3 (disproving the statement that he was a 'monk of Ely'), proceeded MA in 1546, and was created LLD in 1568. ...

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Lewis, David (c. 1520–1584), civil lawyer and college head, was born at Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, the eldest son of Lewis Wallis, later vicar of Abergavenny, and his wife, Lucy, daughter of Llewelyn Thomas Lloyd of Bedwellte in the same county. The father, whose full Welsh name was ...

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Taylor, Sir Thomas Murray (1897–1962), lawyer and university principal, was born at Keith, Banffshire, on 27 May 1897, the only son of John Taylor, farmer and head of a firm of cattle dealers, and his wife, Jenny Nichol Murray. From Keith grammar school...

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Webb, Thomas Ebenezer (1821–1903), philosopher, barrister, and literary critic, was born in Portscatho, Cornwall, on or about 8 May 1821. He was eldest of the twelve children of the Revd Thomas Webb, a Methodist minister who owned a small estate in Cornwall, and his wife, ...

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Wheatcroft, George Shorrock Ashcombe (1905–1987), solicitor and jurist, was born on 29 October 1905 in Derby, the eldest of three children, a son and two daughters, of Hubert Ashcombe Wheatcroft, solicitor, and his wife, Jane Eccles, daughter of a Liverpool cotton broker. He was educated at ...