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Alderson, Sir Edward Hall (bap. 1787, d. 1857), law reporter and judge, was baptized on 10 September 1787 at Great Yarmouth Presbyterian Old Meeting Chapel, the eldest son of Robert Alderson (d. 1833), barrister and recorder of Norwich, and his first wife, ...

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Atkyns, John Tracy (1706–1773), law reporter, was born John Tracy at Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, on 10 January 1706, the second surviving son of John Tracy of Stanway, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Atkyns of Sapperton, Gloucestershire, chief baron of the ...

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Barnardiston, Thomas (1706–1752), law reporter, was born at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the eldest child and only surviving son of Thomas Barnardiston (b. 1677) of Wyverstone and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and his wife, Mary (c.1671–1728), daughter of Sir George Downing, ...

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Bendlowes, William (1516–1584), serjeant-at-law and law reporter, was the son of Christopher Bendlowes of Great Bardfield, Essex, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Rufford. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge (c.1530), Thavies Inn, and Lincoln's Inn, where he was admitted in 1534 and called to the bar in 1539. In his early years at the bar he practised as an attorney of the ...

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Sir James Burrow (1701–1782) by Jean Baptiste van Loo, c. 1742 © Royal Society

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W. P. Courtney

revised by David Ibbetson

Burrow, Sir James (1701–1782), law reporter, was born on 28 November 1701, the son of Thomas Burrow (d. 1724) of Clapham, Surrey. In 1733, at the age of thirty-two, he succeeded to the post of master of the crown office, the reversion to which had been granted to him in 1724, and retained it until his death. In 1724 he was called to the bar at the ...

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Carter, Samuel (bap. 1641, d. 1713), law reporter and legal writer, was baptized at St Martin's, Birmingham, on 5 August 1641, the son of Thomas Carter and Margaret Ailesbury. He was admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge, on 26 May 1657, graduating BA in 1660–61. He was admitted to the ...

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Caryll, John (1460s–1523), law reporter, was born into an obscure Sussex family in the 1460s. As a young man, he occasionally spelt his name Caarle, which may import a peasant origin. By March 1485 he was studying law in the Inner Temple, and it is likely that he entered the inn as a protégé of ...

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J. A. Hamilton

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Chitty, Edward (1804–1863), law reporter, fourth son of Joseph Chitty, the elder (1775–1841), lawyer, and his wife, Elizabeth Woodward, was born in London. Admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1824 he was called to the bar in 1829, and practised as an equity draftsman. His index to cases in the ...

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Sir George Croke (c. 1560–1642) by unknown artist, 1626 reproduced by permission of the Earl of Verulam. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Croke, Sir George (c. 1560–1642), judge and law reporter, was the third son of John Croke (d. 1608) of Chilton, Buckinghamshire, and Elizabeth (d. 1611), daughter of Sir Alexander Unton of Chequers. Educated at the parish school in Thame, he matriculated at ...

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Dalison, William (d. 1559), judge and law reporter, was the second son of William Dalison (d. 1546) of Laughton, Lincolnshire, and Anne, daughter of George Wastneys. Although he has been claimed as a member of Cambridge University, this is probably a result of confusion with the ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Patrick Polden

Dowling, Alfred Septimus (1805–1868), law reporter, brother of Vincent George Dowling and Sir James Dowling, and fourth son of Vincent Dowling (1756–1825) of Queen's county, Ireland, was probably born in London. Admitted to Gray's Inn in February 1823, he was called to the ...

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Dyer, Sir James (1510–1582), judge, law reporter, and speaker of the House of Commons, was born between January and March 1510, the second son of Richard Dyer (d. 1523) of Wincanton, Somerset; his mother's surname was Walton. There was an old tradition that he spent some time at ...

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Ellis, Thomas Flower (1796–1861), law reporter, was born at Walthamstow in Essex, the son of Thomas Flower Ellis. After being educated at Hackney by Dr Heathcote, he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Michaelmas term 1814, graduating BA in 1818 and becoming a fellow in the following year. He graduated MA in 1821, and relinquished his fellowship in the same year on his marriage. With his wife, ...

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Espinasse, Isaac (1758–1834), law reporter and legal writer, was the second of four sons of Isaac Espinasse of Mansfield, co. Dublin, and his wife, Mary Magenis. The family descended from an ancient Huguenot family, driven from France by the revocation of the edict of Nantes. He was educated by a private tutor before entering ...

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Gell, Anthony (d. 1583), law reporter, was the first son of Ralph Gell (c.1491–1564) and his first wife, Godeth, daughter of Nicholas Ashby of Willoughby on the Wolds. The Gell family had owned Hopton Hall near Wirksworth, Derbyshire, for many generations, but ...

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Godbolt, John (bap. 1583?, d. 1648), judge and law reporter, was probably baptized at Tannington, Suffolk, on 21 July 1583, the son of Thomas Godbold (d. 1622) and his wife, Agnes. After a brief period at Barnard's Inn he was admitted to ...

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Goldesburg [Goldesborough], John (1568–1618), law reporter and office-holder, was born in Cambridge on 18 October 1568, the son of John Goldesborough (d. 1578), who came from a family of Yorkshire descent, and his (possibly second) wife, Margaret. Goldesburg was still a child when his father died and his education was left in the hands of his elder brothers, who included ...

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Harpur, Richard (d. 1577), judge and law reporter, was the son or grandson of Henry Harpur of Rushall, Staffordshire, son of the MP John Harpur (d. 1464). He came to the attention of Sir John Port (d. 1540), justice of the ...