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Barry, Michael Joseph (1817–1889), writer and lawyer, was born in Cork City, the eldest son of Michael Joseph Barry, a barrister and later professor of English law in the then Queen's College, Cork (now University College, Cork), and his wife, Anne England...

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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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Concanen, Matthew (1701–1749), writer and lawyer, was born in Ireland. Nothing is known of his parentage, education, or early life beyond Shiels's statement that he 'was bred to the Law' (Cibber, 5.27). He showed early literary ambitions with a comedy, ...

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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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Finch, Sir Henry (c. 1558–1625), author and lawyer, was the third born but second surviving son of Sir Thomas Finch (d. 1563) of Eastwell, Kent, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Moyle. After the death of Henry's soldier father his mother married the puritan lawyer and member of ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Higden, Henry (bap. 1645), author and lawyer, the son of John Higden (b. c.1610) and his wife, Joane, née Durden (b. c.1610), was baptized at St Mary Putney, Surrey, on 28 August 1645. After attending Westminster School he was admitted to the ...

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Howard, Gorges Edmond (1715–1786), writer and lawyer, the son of Francis Howard, a captain of dragoons, and his wife, Elizabeth Jackson, was born at Coleraine, co. Londonderry, on 28 August 1715. Howard was educated at the Dublin school of Thomas Sheridan, the most famous in ...

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Kelly, Hugh (1739–1777), writer and attorney, was born in Killarney, the son of a Dublin tavern keeper. Little is known about Kelly's life beyond the material collected in early biographies, which began appearing after Kelly's first theatrical success in 1768. He married in 1761 ...

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Lechford, Thomas (d. in or after 1642), author and lawyer, was possibly a descendant of Henry Lechford (d. 1567) of Surrey, although his parents and place of birth are unknown. He was trained in law and was a member of Clement's Inn...

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Lucas, Henry (c. 1740–1802), writer and lawyer, was born in Dublin, the son of Charles Lucas (1713–1771), the radical Irish politician, and his first wife, Anne, née Blundell. His father had to flee Ireland in 1749 after his election campaign for the Dublin city...

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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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Nash, Thomas (1587/8–1648), author and lawyer, was the second son of Thomas Nash of Tapenhall, Worcestershire. After matriculating at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on 22 March 1605, aged seventeen, he entered the Inner Temple in November 1607. He had property at Mildenham Mills, Claines, Worcestershire...

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Roger North (1651–1734) by Sir Peter Lely, 1680 © reserved

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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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John Hamilton Reynolds (1794–1852) by Joseph Severn, 1818 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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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Smith, Joshua Toulmin [formerly Joshua Smith] (1816–1869), publicist and lawyer, born on 29 May 1816 at Birmingham, was the eldest son of William Hawkes Smith (1786–1840) of that town, an economic and educational reformer. His great-grandmother was sister to Job Orton, and his great-grandfather was ...