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Archer, Peter Kingsley, Baron Archer of Sandwell (1926–2012), barrister and politician, was born on 20 November 1926 in Great Western Street, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, the only child of Cyril Kingsley Archer (1897–1974), tool setter, and his wife, May, née Baker (1896–1976). His parents encouraged him to spend time in the library, instilling a lifelong love of books. He also became committed to Methodism and was later a lifelong Methodist lay preacher. At the age of sixteen he completed his schooling at ...

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Blease, (Walter) Lyon (1884–1963), barrister and civic activist, was born on 30 May 1884 at 5 Beech Street, Fairfield, Liverpool, the second son and second of three children of Walter Blease (c.1853–1940), chartered accountant, and his wife, Mary Cecilia (d...

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Brickdale, Sir Charles Fortescue- (1857–1944), barrister and land registrar, was born on 1 March 1857 at 41 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, the oldest of the five children of Matthew Inglett Brickdale (1817–1894), barrister and sometime radical lawyer, and of Sarah Anna (1833/4–1909), daughter of ...

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Nicholas William Budgen (1937–1998) by Robin Mayes © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Budgen, Nicholas William (1937–1998), barrister and politician, was born on 3 November 1937 at 50 Palace Road, Streatham, London, the son of George Nicholas Budgen (d. 1942), businessman, and his wife, Mary Helen, née Bather. He was baptized into the Church of England...

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Peter Burrowes (1753–1841) by unknown engraver, pubd 1849 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burrowes, Peter (1753–1841), barrister and politician, was born at Portarlington, Queen's county, in 1753. There are no clear details as to his parentage and close family relatives, but in a letter of 9 May 1822 Lawrence Parsons, second earl of Rosse, informed John Freeman-Mitford, ...

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Butler, Edward (1823–1879), barrister and politician in Australia, was born in co. Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of Michael Butler, tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Joyce. He was educated at St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, where he was encouraged to prepare for the Catholic priesthood. ...

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Butler, Simon (1757–1797), barrister and Irish nationalist, was born in July 1757, the third son of Edmund Butler, tenth Viscount Mountgarret (d. 1779), landowner and barrister, and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1778), daughter of Sir Simon Bradstreet and his wife, Ellen...

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Carter, Sir John Gregorio (1919–2005), lawyer and diplomatist, was born on 27 January 1919 in Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana, the only son and youngest of five children of Kemp R. Carter, pharmacist, and his wife, Gertrude, née Humphrys. His parents were both from ...

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Coke, Daniel Parker (1745–1825), barrister and politician, was born on 17 July 1745, the only son of Thomas Coke (1700–1776), barrister, and his wife, Matilda (1706–1777), daughter and heir of Thomas Goodwin of Derby. He belonged to an old Derbyshire family, the Cokes...

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Dawes, Manasseh (d. 1829), barrister and writer on political and legal subjects, was admitted to the Inner Temple on 30 May 1776, when he was described as 'of Chapel Street in the Parish of St George Hanover Square, gent' (admission register, Inner Temple...

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Dobbs, Francis (1750–1811), politician and barrister, was born on 27 April 1750, the third son of Richard Dobbs, Church of Ireland clergyman, of Lisburn, co. Antrim, and Mary (d. 1775), daughter of William Young and widow of Cornet McManus; he was the nephew of ...

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Dobbs, William Cary (1806–1869), barrister and politician, was born in Belfast, the eldest of five children and only son of the Revd Robert Conway Dobbs and his wife, Wilhelmena Josepha, daughter of the Revd William Bristow, rector of Belfast. A scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge...

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John Dunning, first Baron Ashburton (1731–1783) by Francesco Bartolozzi, pubd 1790 (after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1782) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Dunning, John, first Baron Ashburton (1731–1783), barrister and politician, was born at Ashburton, Devon, on 18 October 1731, the second but only surviving son of John Dunning (1699/1700–1780), an attorney from Ashburton, and his wife, Agnes Judsham. He was educated at the local grammar school before entering his father's office. ...

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Eadie [née Hearn], Ellice Aylmer (1912–2001), barrister and civil servant, was born on 30 June 1912 at Edmonton, St Patrick's Hill, Cork, the daughter of Robert Thomas Hearn (d. 1952), Church of Ireland clergyman, later bishop of Cork, and his wife, ...

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Thomas Addis Emmet (1764–1827) by T. W. Huffam, pubd 1843 (after Louis François Aubry, 1803) National Gallery of Ireland