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Bayley, Sir John, first baronet (1763–1841), judge and legal writer, was born on 3 August 1763, at Elton, Huntingdonshire, the second son of John Bayley (d. 1790) of Abbots Ripton, whose ancestors had emigrated from Spanish Flanders in the seventeenth century, and his wife, ...

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Bell, George Joseph (1770–1843), jurist and legal writer, was born on 26 March 1770 at Fountainbridge near Edinburgh, the third of the four sons of Revd William Bell (1704–1779), a Scottish Episcopal clergyman, and his wife, Margaret Morrice. His eldest brother, Robert Bell...

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Blackstone, Sir William (1723–1780), legal writer and judge, was born on 10 July 1723 in Cheapside, London, the third surviving but posthumous son of Charles Blackstone (d. 1723), a citizen silk mercer 'not of great Affluence' (Blackstone, Reports, iii), and his wife, ...

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Coke, Sir Edward (1552–1634), lawyer, legal writer, and politician, was born on 1 February 1552 at Mileham, Norfolk, the only surviving son of Robert Coke (1513–1561), lawyer and landowner of Mileham, and his wife, Winifred (d. 1569), daughter of William Knightley of ...

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Comyns, Sir John (c. 1667–1740), judge and legal writer, was the eldest surviving son of William Comyns of Lincoln's Inn, barrister, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Rudd, of Little Baddow, Essex. The Comyns or Cummins were a well established Essex family. He was admitted a student at ...

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East, Sir Edward Hyde, first baronet (1764–1847), judge in India and legal writer, was born in Jamaica on 9 September 1764, the son of Edward East of Whitehall, Jamaica, and Amy, daughter of James Hall of Jamaica. His great-grandfather Captain John East had taken part in the conquest of ...

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Foster, Sir Michael (1689–1763), judge and legal writer, was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 16 December 1689, the second son of Michael Foster (1658–1720), a Marlborough attorney, and his wife, Sarah Coleman (b. 1657). The Fosters were a dissenting family. Educated at ...

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Gilbert, Sir Jeffray (1674–1726), judge and legal writer, was born at Burs, near Lamberhurst, Kent, and baptized at Goudhurst on 10 October 1674, the son of William Gilbert (d. 1674) and Elizabeth, his wife. Nothing is known about his parents, except that his father was buried on 1 November 1674. ...

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Hargrave, Francis (1740/41–1821), legal writer, was the son of Christopher Hargrave (c.1710–1787), a chancery solicitor. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1760, and his father was admitted to the same inn two years later. Francis was not called to the bar until 1771, having presumably practised below the bar for several years. But within a year of call he attracted wide attention and admiration for his successful argument on behalf of the escaped slave ...

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Markby, Sir William (1829–1914), judge and legal writer, was born on 31 May 1829 at Duxford St Peter rectory, Cambridgeshire, the fourth son of the rector, the Revd William Henry Markby (1786–1866), and his wife, Sophia, née Randall (1798–1865). He was educated at ...