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H. F. Oxbury

revised by Myfanwy Lloyd

Boase, Frederic (1843–1916), lawyer and biographer, was born on 7 October 1843 in Larrigan, near Penzance, the youngest in the family of four sons and two daughters of John Josias Arthur Boase (1801–1896), banker, and his wife, Charlotte (1802–1873), daughter of Robert Sholl...

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James Boswell (1740–1795) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by M. J. Mercer

Cromwell, Oliver (c. 1742–1821), biographer and lawyer, was one of six children of Thomas Cromwell (1699–1747/8), of Bridgewater Square, London, and his second wife, Mary (1708–1813), daughter of the London merchant Nicholas Skinner. He was the great-great-grandson and last of the direct male descendants of ...

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Goddard, Guybon (1612–1671), lawyer and parliamentary diarist, was the only son of Thomas Goddard of Stanhoe and his wife, Mary, daughter of William Guybon of Watlington; both families were of long standing in Norfolk. He matriculated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1629, entered Lincoln's Inn...

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Greene, John (1616–1659), lawyer and diarist, was born in Middlesex on 28 October 1616, the third of seven children of John Greene (1578–1653), barrister, and Anne (d. 1641), daughter of Thomas Blanchard, citizen and draper of London. His father was appointed judge of one of the ...

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Harington, John (1588/9–1654), lawyer and diarist, was born at Kelston, Somerset, the eldest son of Sir John Harington (bap. 1560, d. 1612) and his wife, Mary (d. 1634), daughter of Sir George Rogers of Cannington, Somerset. He matriculated from Trinity College, Oxford...

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Hepburn, Robert (1690?–1716), advocate and essayist, was born at Bearford, near Haddington, Haddingtonshire, the son of Robert Hepburn. Like many Scots at the time he studied law in the Netherlands, probably at the University of Leiden, returning in 1710 to pursue a legal career in ...

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Hickey, William (1749–1827), lawyer in India and memoirist, was born in St Alban's Street, Pall Mall, Westminster, on 30 June 1749, the eighth child of Joseph Hickey (c.1712–1794), an Irishman, a successful London attorney, and his wife, Sarah Boulton (1720–1768), whose family were landed property owners in ...

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T. B. Saunders

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Lancaster, Henry Hill (1829–1875), essayist and advocate, born on 10 January 1829 at Glasgow, was the son of Thomas Lancaster, a Glasgow merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Kelly. He was educated first at the high school, Glasgow, and afterwards at Glasgow University...

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Leach, William (fl. 1631–1655), attorney and pamphleteer, was the son and heir of John Leach of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, gentleman. Little else is known of his personal background except that he resided for most of his adult life with his wife in a ground chamber of the ...

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Manningham, John (c. 1575–1622), lawyer and diarist, was the son of Robert Manningham (d. 1588) of Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Joan, daughter of John Fisher of Bedlow, Buckinghamshire. After his father's death Manningham was formally adopted and made the heir of ...

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Sir Theodore Martin (1816–1909) by Rudolph Lehmann, 1873 © Copyright The British Museum

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A. W. Ward

revised by Sayoni Basu

Martin, Sir Theodore (1816–1909), lawyer and biographer, born at Edinburgh on 16 September 1816, was the only son in a family of ten children of a well-to-do Edinburgh solicitor, James Martin, who was for some years private secretary to Andrew, Lord Rutherfurd. His grandfather, also ...

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Nevinson [Nevynson], Stephen (c. 1520–1580), biographer and ecclesiastical lawyer, was born about 1520, the second son of Richard Nevinson of Newby, Westmorland. His first cousin Christopher Nevinson was diocesan commissary to Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, and married Cranmer's niece. This family connection with the central figure of the English Reformation was crucial for ...

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Pagitt, Justinian (1611/12–1668), lawyer and diarist, was the eldest son of James Pagitt (c.1581–1638), controller of the pipe and baron cursitor of the exchequer, and his first wife, Catherine, a daughter of the civil lawyer William Lewin. Born at Monkton Hadley...

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William Prynne (1600–1669) by Wenceslaus Hollar © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Prynne, William (1600–1669), pamphleteer and lawyer, was born in Upper Swainswick, near Bath, Somerset, the son of Thomas Prynne, farmer, and his second wife, Marie, daughter of William Sherston (the first mayor of Bath under Elizabeth I's charter). He attended Bath grammar school...

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Sibthorp, Sir Christopher (d. 1632/3), lawyer and pamphleteer, was the third son of John Sibthorp of Much Bardfield, Essex. He matriculated at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1580 but took no degree and instead went on to the Middle Temple in 1584. In June 1588 he was expelled for nonconformity but readmitted '...

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Woodford [Woodforde], Robert (1606–1654), lawyer and diarist, was born on 3 April 1606 at Old, Northamptonshire, the son of Robert Woodford (1562–1636) and Jane Dexter. He was educated at nearby Brixworth School and became a provincial attorney. His marriage to Hannah Hancs or Haunch (1617–1699)...