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Austin Dobson

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Anstey, John (bap. 1757, d. 1819), poet and barrister, the second son of Christopher Anstey (1724–1805) and Ann, third daughter of Felix Calvert of Albury Hall, Hertfordshire, was born at Anstey Hall, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, and baptized on 7 November 1757. A scholar at ...

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Boswell, James (1778–1822), barrister and literary scholar, was born on 15 September 1778 at James's Court, Edinburgh. He was the fourth child and second surviving son of James Boswell (1740–1795) of Auchinleck, advocate, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, and his wife, Margaret...

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Caldecott, Thomas (bap. 1744, d. 1833), barrister and literary editor, was born in Rugby and baptized on 13 April 1744, the eldest of three sons of William Caldecott of Rugby and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd Peter Senhouse, of Linton, Herefordshire...

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Chute, Francis (1697–1745), barrister and poet, was born on 7 April 1697 at The Vyne, Sherborne, Hampshire, the second son of Edward Chute (1658–1722), barrister, and Catherine, widow of Ferdinand Tracy, and daughter of Sir Anthony Keck (bap. 1630, d. 1695). He was elder brother of ...

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Cockburn, Sarah Caudwell [pseud. Sarah Caudwell] (1939–2000), barrister and novelist, was born on 27 May 1939 at the Wandsworth maternity home, Weir Road, London, the daughter of (Francis) Claud Cockburn (1904–1981), journalist, and Jean Iris Ross (1911–1973), the daughter of Charles Ross...

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Cole, Christian Frederick (1851/2–1885), barrister and author, was born in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, the son of Jacob Cole (d. 1872) and his wife, Mary. Little is known of his mother, but his father, a missionary priest with the Church Missionary Society (CMS), was one of the first Africans to be ordained into Anglican orders. ...

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Coulson, Walter (1795–1860), newspaper editor and barrister, son of Thomas Coulson (1767–1845), master painter in the Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Devon, and his wife, Catherine, second daughter of Walter Borlase, surgeon, of Penzance, Cornwall, was born at Torpoint in Cornwall, on 9 April 1795. His birth was registered at ...

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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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Edward Dubois (1774–1850), by William Ridley, 1839

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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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Frankel, William (1917–2008), barrister and newspaper editor, was born Woolf Frankel at 1A Eastman Court, Whitechapel, London, on 3 February 1917, the second of three sons of Isaac Frankel, a street trader and synagogue beadle, and his wife, Hannah (Anna), née Lacker. His parents had arrived from the Galician area of ...

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Greatrakes, William (c. 1723–1781), barrister and supposed author of the Letters of Junius, born in Waterford, was the eldest son of Alan Greatrakes of Mount Lahan, near Killeagh, co. Cork, and his wife, Frances Supple, of the neighbouring village of Aghadoe. He entered ...

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Haldane, Alexander (1800–1882), newspaper proprietor and barrister, was born in Edinburgh on 15 October 1800, the second of three sons, one of whom died young, and the fifth of nine children of James Alexander Haldane (1768–1851), pastor and religious writer, and his first wife, ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Lawrence, Frederick (1821–1867), barrister and journalist, was born at Bisham, Berkshire, the eldest son of John Lawrence, a substantial farmer at Bisham, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Jennings of Windsor. After education in a private school at St John's Wood, London...

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Locker, John (1693–1760), barrister and literary editor, was born in London on 27 August 1693, the eldest son of Stephen Locker, one-time clerk to the Leathersellers' Company. On 12 March 1707 John was admitted to the Merchant Taylors' School, London, from the Mercers' School...

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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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Sir John Clifford Mortimer (1923–2009) by Tai-Shan Schierenberg, 1992 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pears, Sir Edwin (1835–1919), barrister, publicist, and historian, was born in York on 18 March 1835, the son of Robert Pears, a descendant of a younger branch of the Piers family of Piers Hall, Ingleton, Yorkshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Barnett. After being educated privately, he graduated from ...

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Ruggles, Thomas (1745–1813), author and barrister, was born on 28 January 1745 at Bradford Street, Bocking, Essex, the only surviving son of Thomas Ruggles (1709–1758), cloth exporter, and his wife, Ann (1715–1748), eldest daughter of Joshua Brise, a London merchant who retired to ...

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