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Francis Espinasse

revised by Richard Maxwell

Adolphus, John Leycester (bap. 1794, d. 1862), barrister and writer, was baptized on 28 August 1794 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London, the son of John Adolphus (1768–1845), barrister and historian, and Martha Elizabeth, née Leycester (d. 1843). He had a sister, Emily, later Henderson...

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Allen, Anthony (1685–1754), barrister and antiquary, was born on 3 June 1685 and baptized at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, two days later, the fourth surviving son of William Allen (d. 1698), of Much Hadham, and his wife, Bridget James. After attending Bishop's Stortford School...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Robert Brown

Andrews, George (fl. 1728–1776), barrister, was the son of George Andrews, of Wells, Somerset. Nothing is known about his early life, but he was admitted a member of the Middle Temple in 1728, and called to the bar in 1740. While still a student he compiled reports of cases argued in the ...

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Austin Dobson

revised by Rebecca Mills

Anstey, John (bap. 1757, d. 1819), poet and barrister, the second son of Christopher Anstey (1724–1805) and Ann, third daughter of Felix Calvert of Albury Hall, Hertfordshire, was born at Anstey Hall, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, and baptized on 7 November 1757. A scholar at ...

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Archer, Peter Kingsley, Baron Archer of Sandwell (1926–2012), barrister and politician, was born on 20 November 1926 in Great Western Street, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, the only child of Cyril Kingsley Archer (1897–1974), tool setter, and his wife, May, née Baker (1896–1976). His parents encouraged him to spend time in the library, instilling a lifelong love of books. He also became committed to Methodism and was later a lifelong Methodist lay preacher. At the age of sixteen he completed his schooling at ...

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Arnold, Thomas James (1803–1877), barrister and literary translator, was born on 6 July 1803 in Downing Street, Westminster, London, the eldest son of Samuel James Arnold (1774–1852), dramatist, and Matilda Catherine Pye (d. 1851), younger daughter of Henry James Pye, MP and poet laureate. He was educated at ...

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Austin, Charles (1799–1874), barrister, was born in Suffolk on 26 March 1799, the second of the five sons and two daughters of Jonathan Austin and his wife, Anne, née Redhouse, of Ipswich. Jonathan Austin was a miller and corn merchant who made large amounts of money as a government contractor during the Napoleonic wars. He was a handsome, vigorous, self-educated, and astute man who liked to read. ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Jonathan Harris

Barnewall, Richard Vaughan (1779/80–1842), barrister, was the fourth son of Robert Barnewall of London, merchant, and Sophia, daughter of Captain Silvester Barnewall (uncle of Robert Barnewall). His father was said to have been lineally descended from Sir Nicholas Barnewall, created in 1461 chief justice of the common pleas in ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Beth F. Wood

Bell, John (1764–1836), barrister, son of Matthew Bell, was born at Kendal, Westmorland, on 23 October 1764. He lost both parents at an early age and was brought up by an aunt. He was educated at Kirkby Lonsdale School and the grammar school at ...

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Peter James Henry Benenson (1921–2005) by Carolyn Djanogly, 1999 © Carolyn Djanogly; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benenson, Peter James Henry (1921–2005), barrister and human rights campaigner, was born on 31 July 1921 at 6 Albert Court, Knightsbridge, London, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Josiah Solomon (1885–1930), army officer, and his wife, Flora (1895–1984), daughter of the Jewish Russian banker ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Beth F. Wood

Beville, Robert (d. 1824), barrister, was called to the bar at the Inner Temple between 1795 and 1799, and practised on the Norfolk circuit and at the Ely assizes, as well as in London and Middlesex, until 1807. In 1812 he became registrar to the ...

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(William) Norman Birkett, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962) by Claude Rogers, 1958 © Estate of Claude Rogers; Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Birkett, (William) Norman, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962), barrister and judge, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 6 September 1883, the fourth of the five children of Thomas Birkett (d. 1913) and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1886), daughter of Moses Tyson...

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Blease, (Walter) Lyon (1884–1963), barrister and civic activist, was born on 30 May 1884 at 5 Beech Street, Fairfield, Liverpool, the second son and second of three children of Walter Blease (c.1853–1940), chartered accountant, and his wife, Mary Cecilia (d...

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James Mew

revised by Beth F. Wood

Bligh, Richard (1780–1838), barrister, was the second son of John Bligh of Abingdon Street, London, secretary of the Chelsea waterworks, and his wife, Lucy Shuter. He was educated at Westminster School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1803 and MA in 1806. On 30 November 1817, he married his third cousin, ...

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Boswell, James (1778–1822), barrister and literary scholar, was born on 15 September 1778 at James's Court, Edinburgh. He was the fourth child and second surviving son of James Boswell (1740–1795) of Auchinleck, advocate, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, and his wife, Margaret...

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Bowles, John (1751–1819), barrister and author, was the son of John Bowles, a printseller in Cornhill in the City of London. He is said to have received a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Douai on 25 March 1779 and to have been licensed by the same university on 11 May 1781. While he was reading for the bar he often attended the ...

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Braithwaite, Joseph Bevan (1818–1905), barrister and Quaker minister, was born on 21 June 1818 in Highgate, Kendal; with his twin sister he was the youngest of the nine children of Isaac Braithwaite (1781–1861), dyestuff manufacturer and drysalter, and Anna Braithwaite, both parents being of long-standing Quaker families. His mother, ...