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Francis Espinasse

revised by Jonathan Harris

Adolphus, John (1768–1845), barrister and historian, was born in London on 7 August 1768; he was of German-Jewish descent. His grandfather was domestic physician to Frederick the Great, and wrote a French romance, Histoire des diables modernes (1763), which is sometimes wrongly ascribed to ...

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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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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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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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A. M. Clerke

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Cunningham, Timothy (d. 1789), barrister and antiquary, was a member of the Middle Temple, and lived in chambers at Gray's Inn for over thirty years. He was probably a native of Ireland. In 1759 he sought employment as copyist at the British Museum...

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Duhigg, Bartholomew (c. 1751–1813), antiquary and barrister, was the fourth son of Bartholomew Duhigg (d. before 1771), gentleman, of Ballyhigh, co. Limerick, Ireland. His father appears to have been brought up a Catholic but to have conformed to the established church in 1725, thereby escaping the effects of the penal laws. In 1769 he entered ...

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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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Maurice Johnson (1688–1755) by George Vertue, 1731 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnson, Maurice (1688–1755), antiquary and barrister, was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 19 June 1688, the eldest surviving son (a boy had been stillborn on 20 August 1685) of the seven children of Maurice Johnson (1661–1747), landowner, and his wife, Jane, née Johnson (1666–1703)...

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Moore, Stuart Archibald (1842–1907), antiquary and barrister, was born in September 1842, the fourth son of Barlow Brass Moore of The Lawn, South Lambeth, Surrey, and his wife, Harriet Adcock. Educated at the Philological School, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, he became secretary to ...

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Pears, Sir Edwin (1835–1919), barrister, publicist, and historian, was born in York on 18 March 1835, the son of Robert Pears, a descendant of a younger branch of the Piers family of Piers Hall, Ingleton, Yorkshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Barnett. After being educated privately, he graduated from ...

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Plumptre, Charles John (1818–1887), barrister and writer on elocution, was born on 28 March 1818, the eldest son of Edward Hallows Plumptre (1785–1851), a London solicitor. He was the brother of Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821–1891), dean of Wells. After receiving an education at private schools and ...

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Prendergast, John Patrick (1808–1893), historian and barrister, was born on 7 March 1808 at 37 Dawson Street, Dublin. His parents were Francis Prendergast (1768–1846), registrar of the court of chancery, Ireland, and Esther (1773/4–1846), eldest daughter of John Patrick of 27 Palace Row, Dublin...

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Rogers, Benjamin Bickley (1828–1919), barrister and classical scholar, was born at Shepton Montague, Somerset, on 11 December 1828, the third son of Francis Rogers, of Yarlington Lodge, Wincanton, and his wife, Catharine Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Benjamin Bickley, of Bristol and Ettingshall, Staffordshire...

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Salisbury, Enoch Robert Gibbon (1819–1890), barrister and book collector, was born on 7 November 1819 at Bagillt, Flintshire, the eldest son of Joseph Salisbury and his wife Mary Norbury née Gibbon. After working at Liverpool, he became prominent in the business and civic life of ...

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Schapiro, Leonard Bertram (1908–1983), historian and barrister, was born in Glasgow on 22 April 1908, the elder son and second of three children of Max Schapiro and his wife, Leah Levine. His father, educated at the universities of Riga and Glasgow, was the son of a wealthy sawmill owner at ...

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Leonard Bertram Schapiro (1908–1983) by Michael Werner, exh. RA 1972 © reserved; Royal Academy of Arts, London

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Symons, Jelinger Cookson (1809–1860), barrister and inspector of schools, was born on 27 August 1809 at West Ilsley, Berkshire, the son of the Revd Jelinger Symons (1778–1851) and his wife, Maria, eldest daughter of John Airey of Northumberland. Symons's father was vicar of ...

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Webb, Philip Carteret (1702–1770), barrister and antiquary, was born at Devizes in Wiltshire on 14 August 1702. His father was Daniel Webb. His mother is unknown; nor is there any record of his schooling. From such obscure beginnings he surfaces in London, being admitted attorney-at-law on 20 June 1724. He practised in ...

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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, ...