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Alford, Francis (c. 1530–1592), civil lawyer and member of parliament, was the second son of Robert Alford (d. 1546) and his wife, Anne Brydges. He gained a BA degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1549 and was admitted to Christ Church, Oxford...

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Amy, Sir John (d. 1621), civil lawyer, was the sixth son of John Amye (d. 1589), yeoman, of Great Abington, Cambridgeshire, and Joan, daughter of Nicholas Smith of Walden, Essex. He matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge, as a pensioner in 1564 and received the degrees of BA in 1568, MA in 1571, and LLD in 1583. He was admitted as an advocate in the ...

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Aubrey, William (c. 1529–1595), civil lawyer, was born at Cantref in Brecknockshire, the second son of Thomas Aubrey, of an old Brecknockshire family, and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Thomas Vaughan. After attending what would become Christ College, Brecon, he was educated at ...

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Bagard, Thomas (d. 1544), civil lawyer and divine, was born in the diocese of Hereford, of unknown parentage. He was a scholar in civil law by March 1515 at Oxford University and was a member of New Inn. He was connected with the diocese of ...

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Barber, John (c. 1500–1549), clergyman and civil lawyer, is of obscure origins. He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1528 to 1538, having graduated as a bachelor of canon law (4 February 1525) and of civil law (19 February 1528). He became a member of the ...

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William Barclay (1546–1608) by Karel van Mallery, pubd 1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, William [Guillaume] (1546–1608), civil lawyer, was born in Scotland. According to Sir Robert Sibbald he was descended from the Barclays of Collairnie in Fife; but according to a note attached to James Gordon's History of Scots Affairs (1841) he was a grandson of ...

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Barker, Hugh (1565–1632), civil lawyer, was the second of six sons of Robert Barker of Culworth, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Mary Danvers. The family was related to William of Wykeham, so it was natural that Barker should be educated at Wykeham's foundations, Winchester College...

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Bellasis, Anthony (d. 1552), clergyman and civilian, was the second son of Thomas Bellasis of Henknowle, co. Durham, and Margaret, née Thirkell. He was thus a member of a prominent border gentry family; his elder brother, Richard Bellasis [see under Bellasis family...

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Bird, Sir William (1560/61–1624), civil lawyer, was the second son of William Bird, gentleman, of Saffron Walden, Essex, and Maria, daughter of John Woodhall, also of Walden; Bird was born in Walden. He matriculated at All Souls College, Oxford, on 28 November 1581, aged twenty, having become a fellow in 1578. He devoted himself to the study of the civil law, receiving the degrees of BCL in 1583 and DCL in 1588. He was admitted as an advocate of the ...

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Birks, Peter Brian Herrenden (1941–2004), jurist, was born on 3 October 1941 at Green Hedges, Westmeston, Lewes, Sussex, the eldest son of Peter Herrenden Birks, a medical practitioner and captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, (Maud) Mary, née Morgan...

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Blackwood, Adam (1539–1613), civil lawyer and Roman Catholic polemicist, was born in Dunfermline, Fife, one of at least three children of William Blackwood (d. 1547), soldier, and Helen Reid (d. 1547/8). His parents died when he was about eight years old, his father in battle at ...

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Bouchier [Bourchier], Thomas (1633–1723), civil lawyer, was the elder son of James Bouchier (d. 1641) of Long Hanborough, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire. He attended Winchester College and then entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford, matriculating as Thomas Boucher on 19 November 1650. He became a fellow of ...

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Budden, John (1566–1620), civil lawyer, was born at Canford, Dorset, the son of John Budden. He matriculated from Merton College, Oxford, on 14 December 1582, aged sixteen, was admitted a scholar of Trinity College, Oxford, on 30 May 1583, and graduated BA on 29 October 1586. At the request of ...

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Burwell, Thomas (1603/4–1673), civil lawyer, was the fifth son of Francis Burwell of Sutton, Suffolk, and his wife, Jane, daughter of Simon Mawe of Rendlesham, Suffolk. He was admitted to Peterhouse, Cambridge, aged sixteen, in 1620, graduating BA in 1624 and proceeding MA from ...

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Byng, Thomas (d. 1599), civil lawyer and college head, was the second son of John Byng of Wrotham in Kent and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Robert Spencer. His elder brother, Robert, was the ancestor of the well-known naval and military family. Thomas Byng...

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Caesar [formerly Adelmare], Sir Julius (bap. 1558, d. 1636), civil lawyer, was born in Tottenham, the eldest son of Cesare Adelmare (d. 1569) and Margery (or Margaret) Perient (or Perin). His father, known as Dr Adelmare or Dr Caesar, had been a subject of the republic of ...

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Sir Julius Caesar (bap. 1558, d. 1636) by Renold Elstrack © National Portrait Gallery, London