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Alexander, James (1691–1756), lawyer and politician, was born on 27 May 1691 at Muthill, Perthshire, Scotland, the son of David Alexander. His mother's name is unknown. His grandfather was a descendant of the first earl of Stirling, but his father had no claim to be counted among the nobility. ...

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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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G. W. T. Omond

Reviser H. C. G. Matthew

Asher, Alexander (1834–1905), lawyer and politician, was born at Inveravon, Banffshire, on 27 January 1834, the third son and fifth child in the family of five sons and four daughters of William Asher DD (1791–1874), parish minister of Inveravon, and his wife, Katherine Forbes (...

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Thompson Cooper

Reviser H. J. Spencer

Atherton, Sir William (1806–1864), lawyer and politician, was born at Glasgow in October 1806, the son of the Revd William Atherton (1775–1850), a Wesleyan minister, and Margaret, daughter of Walter Morison, a minister of the established Church of Scotland. He was educated in ...

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Baillie, Charles, Lord Jerviswoode (1804–1879), lawyer and politician, was born at Mellerstain, Berwickshire, on 3 November 1804, the second son of George Baillie of Mellerstain, Berwickshire, and of Jerviswoode, Lanarkshire, and his wife, Mary, the youngest daughter of Sir James Pringle, baronet, of ...

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G. V. Benson

Reviser H. C. G. Matthew

Bankes, George (1787–1856), politician and lawyer, was born on 1 December 1787, the third son of Henry Bankes (1757–1834) of Kingston Lacy, Dorset, who represented Corfe Castle for nearly fifty years, and of Frances (1760/61–1823), daughter of William Woodley, governor of the Leeward Islands...

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Beale family (per. c. 1836–1912), lawyers, businessmen, and politicians, were already a well-established merchant family in Birmingham by the late eighteenth century.

William John Beale (1807–1883), the founder of Beale & Co., solicitors, of Birmingham and London, was the younger son of ...

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Beck, Gabriel (d. 1662?), lawyer and politician, was the son of Job Beck (b. 1564/5, d. in or before 1619) of Woodstanway, Gloucestershire. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn on 5 May 1632, with the help of Richard Barnard and Hugh Wyndham...

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Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree (1851–1933) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bhownaggree, Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee (1851–1933), lawyer and politician, was born at Bombay on 15 August 1851, the son of Merwanjee N. Bhownaggree (d. c.1872), a Parsi merchant in Bombay of Persian origin, and his wife Cooverbai (d. 1896). Bhownaggree's father had risen from obscurity as a small-town postmaster to become head of the ...

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J. T. Gilbert

Reviser Sean Kelsey

Bolton, Sir Richard (d. 1648), lawyer and politician, was the son of John Bolton of Fenton, Staffordshire. Having attended the Inner Temple in London, he practised for a time as a barrister in England. It is possible that he married his first wife, ...

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John Bradshaw, Lord Bradshaw (bap. 1602, d. 1659) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Broughton, Andrew (1602/3–1687), lawyer and politician, was probably the son of Richard Broughton (d. 1635) of Seaton, Rutland, and his wife, whose maiden name was Agard. A younger son, he appears not to have undergone formal education, and his early life remains obscure. He had found his way to ...

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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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Arthur Browne (1756?–1805) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, c. 1795–1800 by kind permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin

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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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