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Bacon, Sir Nicholas (1510–1579), lawyer and administrator, was born on Childermas day (28 December) 1510, the second son and one of the five children of Robert Bacon (d. 1548), yeoman and sheep-reeve to the abbot of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, ...

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Barnes, Sir Thomas James (1888–1964), lawyer and public official, was born on 21 March 1888 at Wilmslow, Cheshire, the only son of Thomas Barnes and his wife, Esther Mary Pither. His father was a clerk attached to the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice...

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Barowe [Barrow], Thomas (d. 1499), lawyer and administrator, was a native of north Lincolnshire, who became a scholar of Eton College in 1451, and was nominated by the provost for a scholarship at King's Hall, Cambridge, in 1456–7. Admitted as a bachelor of civil law in 1460, he incepted in civil law in 1469–70, and became a licentiate in 1475. Closely associated with ...

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Barrow, Samuel (1625?–1683), physician and lawyer of the army, was the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Barrow, a lawyer of Burwell, in Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Judith, daughter of George FitzGeffrey of Bedford. Although the exact date and place of his birth are not known, the ...

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Beaumont, John (d. in or after 1556), lawyer and administrator, was the elder son of Thomas Beaumont of Thringstone, Leicestershire (who was cousin to John Beaumont, first Viscount Beaumont), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Moton of Peckleton, Leicestershire. A member of the ...

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Beckett, Sir (William) Eric (1896–1966), lawyer and Foreign Office official, was born on 20 October 1896 at Warren Bank, Broughton, Hawarden, Chester, the son of Thomas Abel Beckett, land agent, and his wife, Jessie Smith. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford...

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Bedyll, Thomas (c. 1486–1537), administrator and canon lawyer, was born at Winchester, where his father was a college tenant. In 1498 he was admitted a scholar at Winchester College and two years later proceeded to New College, Oxford. Elected a fellow of New College...

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Bourne, Sir (John) Wilfrid (1922–1999), barrister and civil servant, was born on 27 January 1922 at Farleigh House, Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset, the second son and youngest child of Robert Croft Bourne (1888–1938), Conservative MP for Oxford City from 1924 to 1938, and his wife, ...

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Brass, Sir Leslie Stuart (1891–1958), lawyer and public servant, was born at 29 Trafalgar Square, Chelsea, London, on 12 November 1891, the son of Lot Brass, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth Harnor. He was educated at St Paul's School, and from 1910 to 1914 at ...

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Brickdale, Sir Charles Fortescue- (1857–1944), barrister and land registrar, was born on 1 March 1857 at 41 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, the oldest of the five children of Matthew Inglett Brickdale (1817–1894), barrister and sometime radical lawyer, and of Sarah Anna (1833/4–1909), daughter of ...

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Bruce, Edward, first Lord Kinloss and first Baron Bruce of Kinloss (1548/9–1611), lawyer and administrator, was the second son of Sir Edward Bruce of Blairhall, Clackmannanshire (1505–1565), and his wife, Alison, daughter of William Reid of Aitkenhead, Clackmannanshire; he was thus a nephew of ...

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Cherry, Sir Benjamin Lennard (1869–1932), lawyer and parliamentary draftsman, was born on 30 August 1869 at Yardley Gobion, Northamptonshire, the son of the Revd Benjamin Newman Cherry of Clipsham rectory, Oakham, and his wife, Rosa Georgina Barrett Lennard. He was educated at Winchester College...

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Clark, Richard (1739–1831), lawyer and chamberlain of London, was born in March 1739 in the parish of St Botolph, Aldgate, where he was baptized on 16 March, the son of Richard and Mary Clark. He was trained for the legal profession and built up a considerable practice as an attorney. On 15 February 1776 he married ...

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Coldstream, Sir George Phillips (1907–2004), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 20 December 1907 at 37 Royal Crescent, North Kensington, the second son of Francis Menzies Coldstream (1876–1958), stockbroker, and his wife, Carlotta Mary, née Young (d. 1940). His family included soldiers and public servants, as well as the painter ...

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Coytmor, Robert (fl. 1640–1660), lawyer and administrator, was a younger son of Robert Coytmor (d. in or before 1649) of Coetmor, a house of local importance in the Ogwen valley, Snowdonia, and his wife, Lumley (d. in or before 1652). The ...

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Cuffe, Hamilton John Agmondesham, fifth earl of Desart (1848–1934), lawyer and public servant, was born on 30 August 1848, the second son of John Otway O'Connor Cuffe, third earl of Desart (1818–1865), and Lady Elizabeth (1822–1898), third daughter of John Frederick Campbell, first Earl Cawdor...

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Cusack, Sir Thomas (1505?–1571), lawyer and administrator, was the eldest son of John Cusack, landowner, and his wife, Alison Wellesley. He was born into a long-established and wealthy pale family in Cushingstown, co. Meath. After entering the Inner Temple in 1522, he was by 1530 a senior member of the inn....

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Dale, Sir William Leonard (1906–2000), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 17 June 1906 at The Rectory, Preston in Holderness, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son and eldest of the three children of the Revd William Dale (1852–1934), Church of England...

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Davies, Sir Alfred Thomas (1861–1949), solicitor and civil servant, was born on 11 March 1861 at Oak Lane, West Derby, Lancashire, the son of William Davies, a master linen draper, and his wife, Ann Thomas. He was educated at Waterloo high school, Liverpool...

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Dibdin, Sir Lewis Tonna (1852–1938), ecclesiastical lawyer and administrator, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 19 July 1852, the third son of the Revd Robert William Dibdin and his wife, Caroline, only child of William Thompson, barrister, of the Temple. He was grandson of ...