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Broke, Sir Robert (d. 1558), judge, legal writer, and speaker of the House of Commons, was probably born in the first decade of the sixteenth century. He was the eldest son of Thomas Broke of Claverley, Shropshire, and Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Grosvenor...

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Brown, James Baldwin, the elder (1790–1843), judge and writer, was born on 6 June 1790 (BL Add MS 57508, fol. 117) and baptized at St Andrew, Enfield, Middlesex on 7 July 1790, the son of James Brown and his wife Jane...

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Fitzherbert, Sir Anthony (c. 1470–1538), judge and legal writer, was the youngest son of Ralph Fitzherbert (d. 1484) of Norbury, Derbyshire, and Elizabeth (d. 1490), daughter of John Marshall of Upton, Leicestershire, and Sedsall, Derbyshire. The Fitzherberts had been seated at ...

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Sir Michael Foster (1689–1763) by John Faber junior, 1748 (after James Wills) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foster, Sir Michael (1689–1763), judge and legal writer, was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 16 December 1689, the second son of Michael Foster (1658–1720), a Marlborough attorney, and his wife, Sarah Coleman (b. 1657). The Fosters were a dissenting family. Educated at ...

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Stanford, Sir William (1509–1558), judge and legal writer, was born on 20 August 1509, the second son of William Stanford, mercer, of London, and Margaret Gedney (d. 1541). He is said by Wood to have been 'among the Oxonians' (...

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Watson, Sir William Henry (1796–1860), judge and legal writer, was born at Nottingham on 1 July 1796, son of John Watson, captain in the 76th foot, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Grey of Bamburgh, Northumberland. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Marlow...