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Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792–1867), historian and lawyer, was born on 29 December 1792 at Kenley, Shropshire, in the parsonage of his father, Archibald Alison (1757–1839), son of Patrick Alison, lord provost of Edinburgh. The elder Archibald married in 1784 Dorothea (...

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Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1839 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet, was born on 16 August 1798, the eldest of four children of Peter Anderson (1768–1823), a solicitor in Inverness, and his wife, Jessie Thomson (c.1766–1836). Anderson was educated for seven years at the private boarding-school in ...

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Atwood, Thomas (d. 1793), judge in Dominica and the Bahamas and writer on economics and history, wrote that he spent several years of his life in Dominica, but his origins, as most of his other biographical details, are unknown. He was chief judge of ...

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Benson, Robert (1797–1844), judge and local historian of Salisbury, was born in the cathedral close, Salisbury, on 5 February 1797, the youngest son of the Revd Edmund Benson (d. 1835), vicar of Salisbury Cathedral, and his wife, Anne Hunt Grubbe. He was educated at a private school in ...

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Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), lawyer and genealogist, was born in Dublin on 11 January 1837, the son of Edward Bewley (1806–1876), licentiate of the Irish colleges both of surgeons and of physicians, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Mulock (1791–1857) of ...

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Burn, William Laurence (1904–1966), historian and lawyer, was born on 15 October 1904 at Bombay House, Angate Street, Wolsingham, co. Durham, the only son of Laurence Burn (1864–1920) and his wife, Annie (1871–1931), daughter of William Coates of Oakcroft, Wolsingham. Burn's father was a minor landowner and tradesman, possessing a local quasi-patriarchal position which his son was to inherit. ...

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Ellis, Thomas Peter (1873–1936), lawyer and historian, was born on 4 June 1873 at Berse Cottage, near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the second son of Peter Ellis, a grocer, and his wife, Mary, née Lewis. After the early death of his father Ellis's family resided at his maternal grandmother's home at ...

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Fulbecke, William (1559/60-1616), lawyer and historian, was born in the parish of St Benedict, Lincoln, a younger son of Thomas Fulbecke, a prominent Lincoln citizen who died midway through his term as mayor in 1566. He matriculated, aged seventeen, in 1577 at St Alban Hall, Oxford...

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Harlow, Vincent Todd (1898–1961), historian and constitutional adviser, was born at 17 Alexandra Place, Newcastle, on 14 August 1898, the elder son of Vincent Harlow (1868–1930), a master builder who became a Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Esther Agnes, née Todd (...

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Sir John Hayward (1564?–1627) by Willem de Passe, pubd 1630 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hayward, Sir John (1564?–1627), historian and civil lawyer, was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, or in nearby Walton, where a John Haywarde, possibly his father, held modest property. Felixstowe parish subsidized Hayward's education at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1581 and MA in 1584. In 1591 he became a doctor of laws, the statutory qualification for the practice of civil law in which he was actively engaged throughout his life, certainly from as early as 1595, when the archbishop of ...

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Howell, William (1631/2–1683), historian and civil lawyer, was the son of Robert Howell of Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire, who died when William was still young. He matriculated aged sixteen at Magdalene College, Cambridge, at Easter 1648, graduated BA in 1651 and MA in 1655, and became a fellow of the college. On 25 November 1664 he was created DCL, which degree was incorporated at ...

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Martyn, William (bap. 1562, d. 1617), lawyer and historian, was baptized at St Petrock's, Exeter, on 19 September 1562, the eldest son of Nicholas Martyn (d. 1599) of Exeter and his first wife, Mary (d. 1576), daughter of Lennard Yeo of ...

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Robert Dunlop

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Morris, William O'Connor (1824–1904), judge and historian, was born in Kilkenny city, Ireland, on 26 November 1824, the son of Benjamin Morris (d. 1846), sometime rector of Rincurran in the diocese of Cork and Cloyne, and Elizabeth, youngest daughter and coheir of ...

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Prendergast, John Patrick (1808–1893), historian and barrister, was born on 7 March 1808 at 37 Dawson Street, Dublin. His parents were Francis Prendergast (1768–1846), registrar of the court of chancery, Ireland, and Esther (1773/4–1846), eldest daughter of John Patrick of 27 Palace Row, Dublin...

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Udall [Uvedale], William [pseud. William Stranguage] (fl. c. 1595–1636), historian and informer, was born into the influential Udall (or Uvedale) family, active in and around the echelons of power. According to his own recollections, he had a very good education and a Catholic upbringing in ...