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Barclay, Sir Peter Maurice (1926–2014), solicitor and social reformer, was born on 6 March 1926 at 2 Walerand Road, Lewisham, London, the only child of George Ronald Barclay (1894–1974), chartered secretary and businessman, and his wife, Josephine Maria Stephanie, née Lambert...

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Peter James Henry Benenson (1921–2005) by Carolyn Djanogly, 1999 © Carolyn Djanogly; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benenson, Peter James Henry (1921–2005), barrister and human rights campaigner, was born on 31 July 1921 at 6 Albert Court, Knightsbridge, London, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Josiah Solomon (1885–1930), army officer, and his wife, Flora (1895–1984), daughter of the Jewish Russian banker ...

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Carden, George Frederick (1798–1874), barrister and cemetery founder, was born on 21 May 1798 in London, the second of the five children of James Carden (1758–1829), attorney, and his wife, Mary (1765–1830), daughter of John Walter (1739?–1812), founder of The Times. His brother was the banker and politician ...

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Chorley, Robert Samuel Theodore, first Baron Chorley (1895–1978), lawyer and conservationist, was born on 29 May 1895 at Kendal, Westmorland, the eldest of three sons (there were no daughters) of Richard Fisher Chorley, a solicitor, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Frost...

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Cohen, Stanley [Stan] (1942–2013), sociologist and criminologist, was born on 23 February 1942 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the eldest son of Ray Cohen, a businessman who had arrived from Lithuania in the wave of immigration in the 1920s and 1930s, and his wife, ...

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Dewhurst, Robert (1576/7–1645), lawyer and benefactor, was born at Wormley, near Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the second of the five sons of Barnard Dewhurst (1533–1596), a Lancashire man who became an employee of William Cecil, Baron Burghley, and his wife, Anne Warde, who was probably a niece of ...

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Finer, Sir Morris (1917–1974), judge and social reformer, was born on 12 December 1917 at 24 Underwood Street, Bethnal Green, in the East End of London, the elder son of Charles Finer (1888–1959), master tailor, and his wife, Ray, née Topper (1895–1978). He won scholarships from ...

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Gifford, Adam, Lord Gifford (1820–1887), judge and benefactor, eldest son of James Gifford, administrator, and his wife, Catherine Ann, née West, teacher, was born at Edinburgh on 29 February 1820. His sister Mary married the Congregationalist minister Alexander Raleigh, and was the mother of ...

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John Glaister (1856–1932) by William Somerville Shanks, 1917 © reserved / Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

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Glaister, John (1856–1932), expert in medical jurisprudence and public health, was born on 9 March 1856 in the county town of Lanark, the eldest of four children born to Joseph Glaister (1830–1871) and Marion Hamilton Weir (1832–1871), small property owners, grocers, and spirit merchants. ...

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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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Goodhart, William Howard [Willie], Baron Goodhart (1933–2017), barrister, politician, and human rights campaigner, was born on 18 January 1933 at 19 Abbey Lodge, Park Road, Regent’s Park, London, the son of Arthur Lehman Goodhart (1891–1978), jurist, and his wife, ...

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Harris, Edmund Robert (1803–1877), lawyer and benefactor, was born on 6 September 1803, probably at Preston, Lancashire, one of four children (three boys and a girl) of Robert Harris (1764–1862), a Cambridge graduate and vicar of St George's Church, Preston (1798 to death), and headmaster of ...

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Henriques, Sir Basil Lucas Quixano (1890–1961), founder of youth clubs and magistrate, was born in London on 17 October 1890, the youngest of the five children of David Quixano Henriques, who had an import and export company in Manchester and London, and his wife, ...

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Hope, John (1807–1893), lawyer and philanthropist, was born at Dalry House, near Edinburgh, on 12 May 1807, the elder son of James Hope (d. 1842), writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (d. 1822), daughter of James Walker of Dalry...

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Ives, George Cecil (1867–1950), criminologist and campaigner for homosexual law reform, was born in Germany on 1 October 1867 and baptized simply George Cecil at Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea, London, on 15 December 1867. He was the illegitimate son of Gordon Maynard Ives (from 1897 Gordon-Ives; 1837–1907)...

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Jarvis, Edward Kem (bap. 1805, d. 1853), judge and philanthropist, was baptized on 15 March 1805 at Ratcliffe Culey parish church, Hinckley, Leicestershire, the only child of Joseph Jarviss (fl. 1785–1830), Atherstone postmaster and innkeeper, and his wife, Mary (fl. 1785–1810)...

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Joffe, Joel Goodman, Baron Joffe (1932–2017), lawyer, businessman, and human rights campaigner, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 May 1932, the second of four children of Abraham Michael (Arthur) Joffe (1896–1981), businessman, and his wife Dena, née Idelsohn (...