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Bacon, Sir Nicholas (1510–1579), lawyer and administrator, was born on Childermas day (28 December) 1510, the second son and one of the five children of Robert Bacon (d. 1548), yeoman and sheep-reeve to the abbot of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, ...

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Baldwin, Robert (1804–1858), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 12 May 1804 at York, Upper Canada, the eldest of the five sons of William Warren Baldwin (1775–1844), also a lawyer and politician in Canada, and his wife, (Margaret) Phoebe Willcocks (1771–1851)...

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Blake, (Dominick) Edward (1833–1912), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 13 October 1833 at a homestead at Bear River, Adelaide township, Middlesex county, Upper Canada, the elder son of William Hume Blake (1809–1870) and his wife, Catherine (1804/5–1886), the daughter of ...

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Bonney, John Augustus (1763–1813), lawyer and political reformer, was born in London on 16 June 1763, and baptized on 20 June at St James's, Piccadilly, London. He was the youngest of the nine children of Thomas Bonney (1710–1764), rector of St Mary Axe, London...

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Borden, Sir Robert Laird (1854–1937), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in Grand Pré, in the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia, on 26 June 1854, the eldest son of Andrew Borden (1816–1900), a farmer and railway station master, and his wife, Eunice Jane (...

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Bradshaw, John, Lord Bradshaw (bap. 1602, d. 1659), lawyer, politician, and regicide, was born at Wibersley, in the parish of Stockport, Cheshire, and baptized on 10 December 1602 at St Mary's, Stockport, the second surviving son of Henry Bradshaw (d. 1654) of ...

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Browne, Arthur (1756?–1805), lawyer and politician, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, son of the Revd Marmaduke Browne (1731–1771) and his wife, Anne Franklin (d. 1767). Marmaduke Browne had been educated at Trinity College, Dublin; commissioned by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG)...

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Butt, Isaac (1813–1879), politician and lawyer, was the only son of the Revd Robert Butt (d. 1829), rector of Stranorlar, co. Donegal, and his wife, Berkeley, a daughter of the Revd R. Cox of Dovish, co. Donegal, through whom he also claimed descent from ...

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Carson, Edward Henry, Baron Carson (1854–1935), politician and lawyer, was born in Harcourt Street, Dublin, on 9 February 1854, the second son of Edward Henry Carson, architect and civil engineer, and Isabella Lambert of Castle Ellen, Athenry, co. Galway. His family was typical of the Irish protestant, or ‘Anglo-Irish’ people, with its mixture of professional and landed backgrounds....

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Cave, George, Viscount Cave (1856–1928), lawyer and politician, was born on 23 February 1856 at 67 Cheapside, London, the second son of Thomas Cave (1825–1894), a City of London merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth (1827/8–1925), daughter of Jasper Shallcrass of Banstead, Surrey, who were married in 1849. ...

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M. M. Macnaghten

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Clarke, Sir Edward George (1841–1931), lawyer and politician, was the eldest son and third of the six children of Job Grey Clarke and his wife, Frances, daughter of Henry George, of Bath. His father, who came from Axbridge in Somerset, kept a small silversmith's shop in ...

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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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Cripps, Charles Alfred, first Baron Parmoor (1852–1941), lawyer and politician, was born on 3 October 1852 at West Ilsley, Berkshire, the sixth of the eleven children of Henry William Cripps (1815–1899), a prominent ecclesiastical lawyer, and his wife and cousin, Julia (d...

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Cripps, Sir (Richard) Stafford (1889–1952), politician and lawyer, was born at Elm Park Gardens, London, on 24 April 1889. He was the fifth and youngest child of Charles Alfred Cripps (1852–1941) and his wife, Theresa (née Potter) (1852–1893). His father, a successful and prosperous barrister, became a Conservative MP and later (as ...

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Curran, John Philpot (1750–1817), politician and lawyer, was born on 24 July 1750 at Newmarket, co. Cork, the first of five children of James Curran and Sarah Philpot (c.1727–1807). Though it was claimed by an early biographer that he rose to eminence '...

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Dean, Sir Patrick Henry (1909–1994), lawyer and diplomatist, was born on 16 March 1909 in Berlin, the only son and elder child of Henry Roy Dean (1879–1961), professor of pathology and later master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and his wife, Irene (1875–1959), daughter of ...

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Duigenan, Patrick (1734/5–1816), lawyer and politician, was born in co. Londonderry, the son of Hugh Duigenan, of Dublin, 'gentleman', and his wife, who was probably Priscilla Lake (1713/14–1792). It was rumoured that he had been born a Catholic and had in his youth conformed to the ...

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Fairbairn, Sir Nicholas Hardwick (1933–1995), lawyer and politician, was born on 24 December 1933 at 18 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh, the third surviving child and younger son of (William) Ronald Dodds Fairbairn (1889–1964), psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1952)...

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J. A. Hamilton

revised by David Pugsley

Follett, Sir William Webb (1796–1845), lawyer and politician, was born on 2 December 1796 at Topsham, near Exeter, the second and eldest surviving son of Benjamin Follett (1762–1833), a timber merchant of Topsham and formerly a captain in the 13th regiment of foot...

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Gibson, Edward, first Baron Ashbourne (1837–1913), lawyer and politician, was born in Dublin on 4 September 1837, the second son of William Gibson (d. 1872) of Rockforest, co. Tipperary, and his first wife, Louisa (d. 1853), daughter of Joseph Grant, barrister, of ...