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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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E. I. Carlyle

revised by Michael Lobban

Archbold, John Frederick (1785–1870), barrister and legal writer, was the second son of John Archbold of co. Dublin. He was admitted a student of Lincoln's Inn on 3 May 1809, and was called to the bar on 5 May 1814. Archbold did not marry, and with no recorded interests outside the law he devoted his life to his work, becoming one of the most prolific writers of legal treatises and digests in the nineteenth century. His books were essentially practical, and were clear, comprehensive, and well organized. He also had a high reputation, which ensured that his works usually sold well....

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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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Bever, Thomas (bap. 1725, d. 1791), lawyer and legal writer, was baptized at Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire, on 22 September 1725, one of at least two sons of Thomas Bever, whose family had owned land in the parish since the fifteenth century, and of ...

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Chitty, Joseph, the younger (1796–1838), lawyer and legal writer, was born in London on 22 February 1796, the eldest son of Joseph Chitty the elder (1775–1841), barrister and legal writer, and his wife, Elizabeth Woodward. Educated at Westminster School between 1809 and 1811, he was admitted to the ...

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Chitty, Joseph, the elder (1775–1841), barrister and legal writer, was born on 12 March 1775, one of the two sons and eight daughters of Joseph Chitty (1729–1795), and his wife, Sarah Cartwright. He was called to the bar of the Middle Temple on 28 June 1816, after having practised as a special pleader for a number of years. He never took silk, but enjoyed an enormous junior practice, and became one of the most prolific legal writers in ...

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J. A. Hamilton

revised by Michael Lobban

Chitty, Thomas (1802–1878), lawyer and legal writer, was the third son of Joseph Chitty the elder (1775–1841) and his wife, Elizabeth Woodward. He began to practise at the very early age of nineteen, being admitted a special pleader in 1820. He married in 1826 ...

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Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634) by unknown artist by kind permission of the Earl of Leicester and the Trustees of the Holkham Estate. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Coke, Sir Edward (1552–1634), lawyer, legal writer, and politician, was born on 1 February 1552 at Mileham, Norfolk, the only surviving son of Robert Coke (1513–1561), lawyer and landowner of Mileham, and his wife, Winifred (d. 1569), daughter of William Knightley of ...

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Cooke, Edward (fl. 1680–1682), legal writer and lawyer, about whose early life nothing is known, studied law at the Middle Temple, London, and first surfaced in the late 1670s and early 1680s, when he joined the polemical battle to exclude the openly Catholic ...

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Dalton, Michael (1564–1644), barrister and legal writer, was born on 28 September 1564 at Linton, Cambridgeshire, the eldest son of Thomas Dalton (d. 1602) of Hildersham in the same county and Eleanor Jellebrand (d. 1616/17). Born to a gentry background, he had at least two brothers, ...

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Dawes, Manasseh (d. 1829), barrister and writer on political and legal subjects, was admitted to the Inner Temple on 30 May 1776, when he was described as 'of Chapel Street in the Parish of St George Hanover Square, gent' (admission register, Inner Temple...

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Dickson, William Gillespie (1823–1876), advocate and legal writer, was born on 9 April 1823, the second son of Henry Gordon Dickson, writer to the signet in Edinburgh. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Edinburgh University, and destined for the legal profession. On 9 March 1847 he was admitted a member of the ...

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Francis, Richard (1698x1700–1742), lawyer and legal writer, was born in Dublin, of Anglo-Irish descent, the eldest child of Dr John Francis (d. 1724), rector of St Mary's Church, Dublin, and dean of Lismore, a prominent Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, ...

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W. F. Wentworth-Shields

revised by Jonathan Harris

Glassford, James (1771–1845), advocate and legal writer, was born on 12 February 1771, the son of John Glassford (1715–1783) of Dougalston, and his third wife, Lady Margaret Mackenzie (d. 1773), sixth daughter of George Mackenzie, third earl of Cromarty. He was admitted as a member of the faculty of advocates on 3 December 1793, and was sheriff-depute of ...

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Hammond [formerly Ewbanke], Anthony (1758–1838), legal writer and barrister, was born on 30 September 1758 at Richmond, Yorkshire, son of John Ewbanke (d. 1789) and his wife, Jane Hammond (1724–1803). In 1773, in accordance with the will of his great-uncle Peter Hammond...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Leach, Thomas (1746–1818), barrister and legal writer, was the eldest son of Stephen Leach of Rochdale, Lancashire. He was called to the bar from the Middle Temple on 25 June 1784. In 1790 he was appointed police magistrate at Hatton Garden, London, and was also chairman of the county court of requests in ...

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G. W. Keeton

revised by Eric Metcalfe

Lightwood, John Mason (1852–1947), barrister and legal writer, was born on 6 July 1852 at King's Norton, Birmingham, the second son of Edward Lightwood, a Methodist minister, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Wild of Milford Haven. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath...