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Archer, Sir Simon (1581–1662), magistrate and antiquary, was born on 21 September 1581, the eldest son of Andrew Archer (d. 1629) of Umberslade, near Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, and Margaret (d. 1614), daughter of Simon Ralegh of Farnborough, Warwickshire. He was educated at ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Birnie, Sir Richard (c. 1760–1832), police magistrate, was a native of Banff, Scotland. After serving his apprenticeship to a saddler he went to London, where he found work in the Haymarket with Macintosh & Co., saddlers and harness makers to the royal family. Having on one occasion been called upon by chance to attend the ...

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J. M. Rigg

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Bridge, Sir John (1824–1900), police magistrate, was born on 21 April 1824, the only son of John H. Bridge of Finchley, Middlesex. At Oxford, where he matriculated from Trinity College on 10 March 1842, he graduated BA with a first class in mathematics in 1846, and proceeded MA in 1849. On 10 April 1844 he was admitted student at the ...

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Agnes Macdonell

revised by M. J. Mercer

Burn, John (1743/4–1802), magistrate and legal editor, the son of Richard Burn (1709–1785), vicar of Orton and chancellor of the diocese of Carlisle, was born at the family home, Orton Hall, Westmorland. Although trained for the legal profession Burn did not practise, but his legal knowledge stood him in good stead in his capacity as a magistrate in the counties of ...

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Sybil Campbell (1889–1977) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Christian, Edward (bap. 1758, d. 1823), jurist and magistrate, was baptized on 3 March 1758 near Brigham, Cumberland, the second son of Charles Christian (1729–1768) of Mairlandclere (Moorland Close), attorney and coroner of Cumberland, and Ann Dixon (1730–1820). His elder brother, John (1752–1791)...

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Conant, Sir Nathaniel (1745–1822), bookseller and police magistrate, was born on 10 April 1745, the sixth of eight sons of John Conant, rector of Hastingleigh and vicar of Elmstead, Kent, and his wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd William Wake. Four of his older brothers died in childhood or early adolescence. The ...

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Dunne, Sir Laurence Rivers (1893–1970), magistrate, was born on 4 October 1893 at 22 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London, the younger son of Arthur Mountjoy Dunne (1859–1947) and his wife, Alice Sidney (1869/70–1945), daughter of Sir John Lambert, general superintendent of the Bengal police's operations for the suppression of ...

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Edwards, John (1750/51–1832), army officer and magistrate, was the eldest son of James Edwards, a landowner, of Old Court, near Bray, co. Wicklow, Ireland, and his wife, Anne, the second daughter of Thomas Tennison of Castle Tennison, co. Roscommon. In 1782 he married ...

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Henry Fielding (1707–1754) by unknown engraver, after 1762 (after William Hogarth) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fielding, Henry (1707–1754), author and magistrate, was born on 22 April 1707 at Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury, Somerset, the eldest of the seven children of Colonel Edmund Fielding (1680–1741), a veteran of Marlborough's wars who would rise to the rank of lieutenant-general, and ...

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Fletcher, Ralph (bap. 1757, d. 1832), coal owner and magistrate, was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and baptized at St Peter's Church, Bolton, on 30 November 1757, the only son of John Fletcher (1727–1806), coal owner and farmer, and Mary Bolton (d. 1789)...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Flowers, Frederick (1810–1886), police magistrate, was born at Boston, Lincolnshire, the third son of the Revd Field Flowers, rector of Partney, Lincolnshire, from 1815 to 1818. His brothers included George French Flowers, composer and musical theorist. He was educated at Louth grammar school, Lincolnshire...

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Ford, Sir Richard (1758–1806), police magistrate, was the fourth son of James Ford and Ann Hole of Albemarle Street, Piccadilly. His father, a personal friend of George III, was physician-extraordinary and accoucheur to Queen Charlotte. He was educated at Westminster School from 1765 to 1774, where he was a contemporary of ...

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Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621–1678) by George Bower, 1678 © Copyright The British Museum

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Godfrey, Sir Edmund Berry (1621–1678), magistrate, was born in Sellinge, Kent, on 23 December 1621 to Thomas Godfrey (1585–1664), MP and magistrate, and Sarah, daughter of Thomas Isles of Leeds, one of the procurators of the arches, who had relocated to London from ...

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Gonson, Sir John (1676/7–1765), magistrate, details of whose birthplace and family are unknown, was called to the bar of the Inner Temple in July 1715. He served as a magistrate at the Middlesex sessions from 1720 and was knighted on 14 May 1722. ...

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Grosvenor, Sir Richard, first baronet (1585–1645), magistrate and politician, was born at Eaton Hall, near Chester, Cheshire, on 9 January 1585, the eldest surviving son and the third of seventeen children of Richard Grosvenor, esquire (1562–1619), of Eaton, Cheshire, and his wife, Christian (...

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