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Sidney Lee

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Anstey, Thomas Chisholm (1816–1873), lawyer and politician, was the second son of Thomas Anstey (1777–1851), one of the earliest settlers in Van Diemen's Land, and his wife, Mary Turnbull (d. 1862), and was born in Kentish Town, London. He received his early education in ...

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Barry, Michael Joseph (1817–1889), writer and lawyer, was born in Cork City, the eldest son of Michael Joseph Barry, a barrister and later professor of English law in the then Queen's College, Cork (now University College, Cork), and his wife, Anne England...

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Bell, William (b. in or before 1538, d. 1598), lawyer, was born to a family of Worcestershire gentry, the son of John Bell. According to his own account Bell's great-grandfather had been forced to sell his patrimony to support a dissolute wife, the natural daughter of ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Andrew D. E. Lewis

Booth, James Charles (bap. 1703, d. 1778), lawyer, was baptized on 6 November 1703 at the church of St Germain-en-Laye, the eldest son of Charles Booth (1666/7–1740), army officer and Jacobite courtier, and Barbara Symes. His godfather was James Stuart (James III), Jacobite claimant to the throne, whom ...

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Browne, Geoffrey (c. 1608–1668), lawyer and politician, was a son of Sir Dominick Browne (c.1588–1658), merchant and landowner, and Anastasia, daughter of James Rivagh D'Arcy; he belonged through both paternal and maternal descent to the ‘tribes of Galway’, the urban mercantile élite of the city. Some of the ‘tribes’, including the ...

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Charles Butler (1750–1832) by Robert William Sievier, pubd 1817 (after John Barry) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butler, Charles (1750–1832), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born in London on 14 August 1750, the son of James Butler, a successful linen draper who had a shop on Pall Mall. His mother, whose maiden name was Blandecque and whose family came from ...

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Butler, Sir Theobald [Toby] (1642/3–1721), lawyer, was the son of a family from Bolytonrath in co. Tipperary which had fought on the confederate side during the wars of the 1640s and 1650s, but the names of his parents are unknown. His grandfather was executed by the Cromwellians. ...

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Carroll, Charles [known as Charles Carroll the Settler] (1661–1720), planter and lawyer in America, was born in Ireland, the second son of Daniel Carroll of Aghagurty (b. in or before 1642, d. in or before 1688), tenant farmer. Historians use the appellation ...

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Sir George-Étienne Cartier, baronet (1814–1873) by unknown engraver, pubd 1864 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cartier, Sir George-Étienne, baronet (1814–1873), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 6 September 1814 at Seven Chimneys, St Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Lower Canada, the seventh of the eight children of Jacques Cartier (1774–1841), a merchant, and his wife, Marguerite (1779–1848), the daughter of ...

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Chapleau, Sir Joseph-Adolphe (1840–1898), lawyer and politician in Canada, born on 9 November 1840 at Ste Thérèse de Blainville, in the county of Terrebonne, Lower Canada (province of Quebec), where his family had been settled for nearly a century, was the son of ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by G. Martin Murphy

Clifford, Henry (1768–1813), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born on 2 March 1768, the second of the eight sons of Thomas Clifford (1732–1787) of Tixall, Staffordshire (brother of Hugh, fourth Baron Clifford), and his wife, Barbara (d. 1786), youngest daughter and coheir of ...

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J. A. Hamilton

revised by Beth F. Wood

Cooper, Charles Purton (1793–1873), lawyer and antiquary, was the son of Charles Cooper, linen draper, of St Dunstan, Kent, and Fleet Street, London. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1810 and was a contemporary of Richard Bethell, first Lord Westbury...

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See Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton]

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Darcy, Patrick (1598–1668), lawyer and politician, was the seventh son of Sir James Riveagh Dorsey (d. 1603), the third born to his second wife, Elizabeth Martin. The family was of Gaelic extraction, influential in the province of Connaught, and one of several leading Catholic merchant landowning families, both Irish and Old English, with the means and the inclination to send its sons to train in English law in ...

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Dorion, Sir Antoine-Aimé (1818–1891), lawyer and politician in Canada, was born on 17 January 1818 at St Anne-de-la-Pérade, Lower Canada, the second of the ten children of Pierre-Antoine Dorion, a merchant descended from Pierre Dorion, who had emigrated from the Basses-Pyrénées of France...

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Matthew Duane (1707–1785) by James Mitan, pubd 1798 (after Giles Hussey, 1774) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Duane, Matthew (1707–1785), lawyer and art patron, was of obscure family origins. It seems likely that he came from Ireland and that his education took place in a Catholic school on the continent. Prevented by his religion from being called to the bar, he was by his mid-thirties practising with great success as a ‘chamber counsel’ and conveyancer in ...