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À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott (1811–1856), comic writer and police magistrate, was born at The Grange, Hampstead, Middlesex, on 17 February 1811, the third son of William A'Beckett (1777–1855), a reform solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Abbott. His forebears were an ancient Wiltshire family, who traced their ancestry back to the fourteenth century and claimed descent from ...

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Colquhoun, Patrick (1745–1820), magistrate and a founder of the Thames police, and his twin, Ann, were born on 14 March 1745 in Dumbarton. Their parents, Adam Colquhoun (1711–c.1755), sheriff-substitute and keeper of the register of sasines for Dunbartonshire, and Isabell, née...

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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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Godfrey, Sir Edmund Berry (1621–1678), magistrate, was born in Sellinge, Kent, on 23 December 1621 to Thomas Godfrey (1585–1664), MP and magistrate, and Sarah, daughter of Thomas Isles of Leeds, one of the procurators of the arches, who had relocated to London from ...

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W. A. J. Archbold

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Ingham, Sir James Taylor (1805–1890), police magistrate, was born on 17 January 1805 at Mirfield, Yorkshire, a younger son of Joshua Ingham of Blake Hall, Yorkshire, and his wife, Martha, daughter of James Taylor, of Halifax. He was educated at school in Richmond, Yorkshire...

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Munro [married name Munro-Ashman], Anna Gillies Macdonald (1881–1962), campaigner for women's suffrage and magistrate, was born at 32 Gladstone Street, Glasgow, on 4 October 1881, the elder daughter of Evan Macdonald Munro (c.1854–1913), schoolmaster of Edinburgh, and his wife, Margaret Ann MacVean (1858–1892)...

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G. C. Boase

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Saunders, Thomas William (1814–1890), police magistrate, second son of Samuel E. Saunders of Bath, and his wife, Sarah, was born on 21 February 1814. He was entered as a student at the Middle Temple on 16 April 1832, and called to the bar...