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Addison, Charles Greenstreet (bap. 1812, d. 1866), barrister and legal writer  

Michael Lobban

Addison, Charles Greenstreet (bap. 1812, d. 1866), barrister and legal writer, was baptized on 1 April 1812, the youngest son of William Dering Addison of Newark House, Maidstone, the descendant of an old Kentish family, and his wife, Susan Whiting. Addison was called to the bar at the ...

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Alderson, Sir Edward Hall (bap. 1787, d. 1857), law reporter and judge  

Steve Hedley

Alderson, Sir Edward Hall (bap. 1787, d. 1857), law reporter and judge, was baptized on 10 September 1787 at Great Yarmouth Presbyterian Old Meeting Chapel, the eldest son of Robert Alderson (d. 1833), barrister and recorder of Norwich, and his first wife, ...

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Annesley, Alexander (d. 1813), legal writer and political commentator  

Sidney Lee

revised by Robert Brown

Annesley, Alexander (d. 1813), legal writer and political commentator, was a London solicitor and member of the Inner Temple. After many years' practice, by which he acquired a large fortune, he retired to Hyde Hall, Hertfordshire. Annesley—a man of many accomplishments—paid repeated visits to the continent and was an enthusiastic sportsman. In later life, though afflicted with gout, it was said that he '...

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Anstruther, Sir Alexander (1769–1819), judge and legal writer  

Katherine Prior

Anstruther, Sir Alexander (1769–1819), judge and legal writer, was born on 10 September 1769, the second son of Sir Robert Anstruther, third baronet (1733–1818), of Balcaskie, Fife, and his wife, Lady Janet Erskine (d. 1770), youngest daughter of the fifth earl of Kellie...

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Archbold, John Frederick (1785–1870), barrister and legal writer  

E. I. Carlyle

revised by Michael Lobban

Archbold, John Frederick (1785–1870), barrister and legal writer, was born in Ireland, the second son of John Archbold of Boldbrook and Turvey, co. Dublin, who was possibly the John Archbold who owned the Boldbrook paper mill, Tallaght, co. Dublin. Archbold was admitted a student of ...

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Atkyns, John Tracy (1706–1773), law reporter  

N. G. Jones

Atkyns, John Tracy (1706–1773), law reporter, was born John Tracy at Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, on 10 January 1706, the second surviving son of John Tracy of Stanway, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Atkyns of Sapperton, Gloucestershire, chief baron of the ...

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Bacon, Mathew (b. c. 1700, d. in or before 1757), legal writer  

N. G. Jones

Bacon, Mathew (b. c. 1700, d. in or before 1757), legal writer, was the second son of Edward Bacon of Rathkeny, co. Tipperary, Ireland. He was admitted to the Inner Temple on 27 May 1726, and to the Middle Temple on 21 June 1731. He was called to the bar on 24 November 1732. In 1731 he published anonymously the ...

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Balfour, Sir James, of Pittendreich (c. 1525–1583), politician and legal writer  

Peter G. B. McNeill

Balfour, Sir James, of Pittendreich (c. 1525–1583), politician and legal writer, was the eldest son of Sir Michael Balfour (d. 1577) of Mountquhanie in Fife, and Joneta Boswell. He may have been educated at St Andrews in 1539 or 1540, when he would have been about fifteen years old, and was at ...

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Ballow [Bellewe], Henry (1704?–1782), legal writer  

N. G. Jones

Ballow [Bellewe], Henry (1704?–1782), legal writer, was probably born on 3 May 1704 in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the son of Henry Ballow and his wife, Dorothy. He was admitted a pensioner at Magdalene College, Cambridge, on 15 October 1720, and admitted to ...

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Barnardiston, Thomas (bap. 1706, d. 1752), law reporter  

N. G. Jones

Barnardiston, Thomas (bap. 1706, d. 1752), law reporter, was born at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and baptized there at St James’s church on 28 June 1706, the eldest child and only surviving son of Thomas Barnardiston (b. 1677) of Wyverstone and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk...

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Barton, Charles (1767/8–1843), barrister and legal writer  

Michael Lobban

Barton, Charles (1767/8–1843), barrister and legal writer, was called to the bar on 20 November 1795 at the Inner Temple, and established a successful conveyancing practice. Among his clients was the Golden Lane Brewery, one of a number of joint-stock associations formed after the turn of the nineteenth century and whose deed he drew up. ...

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Bayley, Sir John, first baronet (1763–1841)  

Maker: William Russell

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Sir John Bayley, first baronet (1763–1841) by William Russell, c. 1808 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bayley, Sir John, first baronet (1763–1841), judge and legal writer  

Michael Lobban

Bayley, Sir John, first baronet (1763–1841), judge and legal writer, was born on 3 August 1763, at Elton, Huntingdonshire, the second son of John Bayley (d. 1790) of Abbots Ripton, whose ancestors had emigrated from Spanish Flanders in the seventeenth century, and his wife, ...

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Bell, George Joseph (1770–1843)  

Maker: Sir Henry Raeburn

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George Joseph Bell (1770–1843) by Sir Henry Raeburn, 1816 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bell, George Joseph (1770–1843), jurist and legal writer  

W. M. Gordon

Bell, George Joseph (1770–1843), jurist and legal writer, was born on 26 March 1770 at Fountainbridge near Edinburgh, the third of the four sons of Revd William Bell (1704–1779), a Scottish Episcopal clergyman, and his wife, Margaret Morrice. His eldest brother, Robert Bell...

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Bellenden, Sir John, of Auchnoul [of Auchinoul] (d. 1576), judge and legal writer  

John Finlay

Bellenden, Sir John, of Auchnoul [of Auchinoul] (d. 1576), judge and legal writer, was the eldest son of Thomas Bellenden of Auchinoul (d. 1546), director of the king's chancery and justice clerk; his mother's name is unknown. He had two brothers, Patrick Bellenden...

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Bellewe [Bellew], Richard (fl. 1575–1585), compiler of legal cases  

Charles R. Forker

Bellewe [Bellew], Richard (fl. 1575–1585), compiler of legal cases, supposedly of Irish origin, was entered at Lincoln's Inn in London on 5 June 1575, and its arms appear in one of his books. Nothing more apart from his printed works is now known. In 1578 he published in Norman French ...

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Bendlowes, William (1516–1584), serjeant-at-law and law reporter  

J. H. Baker

Bendlowes, William (1516–1584), serjeant-at-law and law reporter, was the son of Christopher Bendlowes of Great Bardfield, Essex, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Rufford. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge (c.1530), Thavies Inn, and Lincoln's Inn, where he was admitted in 1534 and called to the bar in 1539. In his early years at the bar he practised as an attorney of the ...

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Berlins, Marcel Joseph (1941–2019), journalist, broadcaster, and legal commentator  

Michael Leapman

Berlins, Marcel Joseph (1941–2019), journalist, broadcaster, and legal commentator, was born on 30 October 1941 at 11 rue Mazenot, Marseilles, France, then under the control of the Vichy regime headed by Marshal Pétain; he was the only child of Jacob (Jacques) Berlins (...

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Best, William Mawdesley (1809?–1869), legal writer  

C. J. W. Allen

Best, William Mawdesley (1809?–1869), legal writer, was probably born in December 1809 at Haddington, East Lothian, the elder of the two sons of Thomas Best (1784–1813), captain in the Cameronian regiment, and his wife, Anne Kearney, of Tuam, Ireland. After his father's death he was educated in ...