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Andrew Amos (1791–1860) by James Henry Lynch (after Samuel Laurence) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Amos, Andrew (1791–1860), jurist, was born on 15 July 1791 in Calcutta, the youngest son of James Amos, a wealthy merchant in the service of the East India Company, and Cornelia Francina Bonté, daughter of General Bonté, a Swiss officer in the Dutch service. The ...

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Amos, Sheldon (1835–1886), jurist, was born on 1 June 1835 at St Ibbs, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the fourth and youngest son of Professor Andrew Amos (1791–1860) and his wife, Margaret née Lax, daughter of the Revd William Lax FRS, an astronomer. He was one of the distinguished jurists in his family who spanned three generations—his father, himself, and his son. When ...

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Anderson, Sir (James) Norman Dalrymple (1908–1994), missionary, jurist, and writer on religion, was born on 29 September 1908 at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the second son and last of the four children of William Dalrymple Anderson (d. 1946), grain merchant, and his wife, Lilian Maud, ...

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Edward Dowden

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Anster, John (1793–1867), jurist and poet, was born in Charleville, co. Cork, the son of John Anster. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1810, and obtained a scholarship in 1814. In Easter term 1824 Anster was called to the Irish bar; in the following year he took the degree of doctor of laws. In 1832 he married ...

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Armitage, Sir Arthur Llewellyn (1916–1984), jurist and university administrator, was born on 1 August 1916 at Town Gate, Marsden, Yorkshire, the elder son of Kenyon Armitage (d. 1972), master draper of Oldham, and his wife, Lucy Amelia Beaumont (d. 1968). He attended ...

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George Joseph Bell (1770–1843) by Sir Henry Raeburn, 1816 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bell, George Joseph (1770–1843), jurist and legal writer, was born on 26 March 1770 at Fountainbridge near Edinburgh, the third of the four sons of Revd William Bell (1704–1779), a Scottish Episcopal clergyman, and his wife, Margaret Morrice. His eldest brother, Robert Bell...

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Bell, Robert (c. 1760–1816), lawyer and jurist, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Bell (1704–1779), Scottish Episcopal minister in Edinburgh, and Margaret Morrice, his second wife. Little is known of Bell's early life or schooling, though surviving correspondence of relatives indicates that the family lived in straitened circumstances, especially after the death of ...

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Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) by Henry William Pickersgill, 1829 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bentham, Jeremy (1748–1832), philosopher, jurist, and reformer, was born on 4 February 1748 in Church Lane, Houndsditch, London, the eldest of the seven children of Jeremiah Bentham (1712–1792), attorney, and Alicia Woodward Whitehorne (d. 1759), the eldest daughter of Thomas Grove, a mercer of ...

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Mountague Bernard (1820–1882) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bernard, Mountague (1820–1882), jurist and international lawyer, was descended from a Huguenot family which left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes and who for several generations owned land at Montego Bay in Jamaica. He was the third son of Charles Bernard...

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Sir George Bowyer, seventh baronet (1811–1883) by William Edward Kilburn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bowyer, Sir George, seventh baronet (1811–1883), jurist and politician, was born on 8 October 1811 at Radley Park, near Abingdon, Berkshire, the eldest son of Sir George Bowyer, sixth baronet (1783–1860), of Denham Court, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Anne Hammond, daughter of Captain Sir Andrew Snape Douglas RN...

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Agnes Macdonell

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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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Charles Hay Cameron (1795–1880) by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1871 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leslie Stephen

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Cameron, Charles Hay (1795–1880), jurist, was born on 11 February 1795, the eldest son of Charles Cameron (1766–1828), a descendant of clan Cameron of Lochiel, partner in Harley, Cameron & Co., bankers, civil commissioner of Malta (1801–2), and governor of the Bahamas (1804–20), and his wife, ...

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Sir Robert Chambers (1737–1803) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1773 © reserved

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Chambers, Sir Robert (1737–1803), jurist and judge, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14 January 1737 and baptized at St Nicholas's Church on 2 February 1737. He was the eldest of the four children of Robert Chambers (1698–1749), an attorney, and his wife, ...