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Bayne, Alexander, of Rires (c. 1684–1737), advocate and jurist, was the eldest son of John Bayne of Logie (d. in or before 1700), sheriff-clerk of Fife, and his wife, Cecilia Gibson (fl. 1670–1705), daughter of John Gibson of Durie and Elizabeth...

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Bell, Robert (c. 1760–1816), lawyer and jurist, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Bell (1704–1779), Scottish Episcopal minister in Edinburgh, and Margaret Morrice, his second wife. Little is known of Bell's early life or schooling, though surviving correspondence of relatives indicates that the family lived in straitened circumstances, especially after the death of ...

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Mountague Bernard (1820–1882) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bernard, Mountague (1820–1882), jurist and international lawyer, was descended from a Huguenot family which left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes and who for several generations owned land at Montego Bay in Jamaica. He was the third son of Charles Bernard...

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Thomas Henry Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill (1933–2010) by David Poole, 2002 The Master and Fellows of Balliol College, Oxford

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Bingham, Thomas Henry [Tom], Baron Bingham of Cornhill (1933–2010), judge, was born on 13 October 1933 at the nursing home, 49 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, London, the younger child and only son of Thomas Henry Bingham (1901–1980), a physician born and brought up in ...

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Clerke, Francis (fl. 1564–1594), civil lawyer and jurist, whose origins are unknown, spent most of his professional career as a proctor in the courts of the archbishop of Canterbury in London and also in the admiralty courts. In a preface to a work written in the 1590s, he made known that he had been active in the ...

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Craig, Thomas (1538?–1608), lawyer and jurist, was the eldest of the five sons of Robert Craig (d. 1575), merchant burgess of Edinburgh, and Katherine Bellenden (fl. 1528–1578), probably the daughter of Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoul, justice-clerk and senator of the ...

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Erskine, John, of Carnock (1695–1768), advocate and jurist, was born on 4 November 1695 at Stirling Castle, the eldest surviving son of the six sons and single daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Erskine of Carnock (1662–1743), son of David Erskine, second Lord Cardross, and his second wife, ...

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Fawcett, Sir James Edmund Sandford (1913–1991), lawyer and jurist, was born on 16 April 1913 at the parsonage, North Hagbourne, Wallingford, Berkshire, the son of the Revd Joseph Fawcett, Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Scattergood. He was educated at the ...

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Forbes, William (1668x71–1745), lawyer and jurist, was born possibly in 1668 or between November 1670 and January 1671, the elder of two children of Thomas Forbes (1629–1687) and his wife, Isabel (1635–1715), daughter of David Edgar of Keithock, Forfarshire, and widow of James Pitcairn...

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Hunter, Sir Robert (1844–1913), lawyer and authority on commons and public rights of way, was born at 3 Addington Square, Camberwell, on 27 October 1844, the elder of two children of Robert Lachlan Hunter, master mariner and shipowner, and his wife, Anne, daughter of ...

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James Iredell (1751–1799) by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, 1798–9 in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art

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Iredell, James (1751–1799), lawyer and jurist in the United States of America, was born on 5 October 1751 at Lewes, Sussex, the eldest of five sons of Francis Iredell (d. 1772), a Bristol merchant, and Margaret, née McCulloh, who came from a prominent Anglo-Irish family with influential links to ...

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Jacob, Sir Isaac Hai [Jack] (1908–2000), barrister and jurist, was born on 5 June 1908 in Timtang Road, Shanghai, the third of ten children of Jacob Isaiah Jacob (1863–1935) and his wife, Aziza, née Abraham (1887–1976). His father, a Sephardic Jew, had moved from ...

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Laddie, Sir Hugh Ian Lang (1946–2008), barrister, judge, and legal scholar, was born on 15 April 1946 at 34 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, the elder son and second of three children of Bertie Daniel Laddie (1915–1987), a solicitor then serving as a captain in the ...

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Palmer, William (1802–1858), lawyer and jurist, was born on 9 October 1802, the second son of George Palmer (1772–1853) of Nazeing Park, Essex, MP for the southern division of that county from 1836 to 1847, and Anna Maria, daughter of William Bund of ...

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Reid, Richard Tuohill (1822/3–1883), lawyer and jurist in India, was born at Killarney, co. Kerry, the only surviving son of Herbert Reid (d. before 1842), a merchant of Killarney, and his wife, Catherine, née Tuohill. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar in 1841, and took a degree in 1844–5. On 3 May 1845 he was admitted to the ...

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Sinclair, John (c. 1510–1566), lawyer and jurist, was the fourth son of Sir Oliver Sinclair of Roslin (d. 1513) and Isabella Livingstone, his wife. He was a younger brother of Henry Sinclair (1507/8–1565), bishop of Ross: 'Sik tua honest and cunning letterit men as thir wes will be seindill or rather never seen to come of ane hous and familie of this realme...

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Smith, William (1697–1769), lawyer and jurist in America, was born on 8 October 1697 at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, the first of six children of Thomas Smith (1675–1745), tallow chandler, and his wife, Susanna (1677–1728), daughter of Thomas Odell and his wife, Christiana. He was educated by tutors in the classics and sciences, then emigrated to ...