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Cockburn, Henry, Lord Cockburn (1779–1854), author and judge, was born in or near Edinburgh, on 26 October 1779, the son of Archibald Cockburn (d. 1820), and his wife, Janet Rannie. His father was one of the learned lairds who made up the country's ...

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Dubois, Edward (1774–1850), author, journalist, and barrister, was born in Love Lane, London, on 4 January 1774, and baptized at St Mary Woolnoth on 29 January 1774. His parents were William DuBois, a merchant originally from near Neuchâtel, and his wife, Jane. Edward Dubois...

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Fielding, Henry (1707–1754), author and magistrate, was born on 22 April 1707 at Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury, Somerset, the eldest of the seven children of Colonel Edmund Fielding (1680–1741), a veteran of Marlborough's wars who would rise to the rank of lieutenant-general, and ...

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Jeffrey, Francis, Lord Jeffrey (1773–1850), writer and judge, was born on 23 October 1773 at 7 Charles Street, off George Square, Edinburgh, the elder son and third of five children of George Jeffrey (1742–1812), depute clerk in the Court of Session, and Henrietta...

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Mortimer, Sir John Clifford (1923–2009), barrister and author, was born on 21 April 1923 at 7 The Pryors, Hampstead, London, the only child of (Herbert) Clifford Mortimer (1884–1961), a distinguished divorce and probate barrister and author of Mortimer on Probate, and his wife, ...

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North, Roger (1651–1734), lawyer, politician, and writer, the sixth and youngest son, and the youngest of the ten surviving children, of Dudley North, fourth Baron North (1602–1677), and Anne (c.1613–1681), daughter of Sir Charles Montague, was born at Tostock, Suffolk, on 3 September 1651. Until recently there has been some uncertainty about ...

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Reynolds, John Hamilton (1794–1852), writer and lawyer, was born on 9 September 1794 in Shrewsbury, the second of five children of George C. Reynolds (1765–1853), a schoolteacher in Shrewsbury and later at Lambeth School and Christ's Hospital, London, and his wife, Charlotte, née...

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Sereny, Gitta (1921–2012), author, was born Gitta Serényi on 13 March 1921 in Vienna, the only daughter and younger child of Gyula (or Ferdinand) Serényi (d. 1923), a Hungarian landowner, and his wife, Margit, née Herzfeld (1890–1993), an actress. In 1926 her mother became engaged to ...