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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman (1913–1995) by Graham Sutherland, 1973–4 © reserved; Tate, London, 2004

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Goodman, Arnold Abraham, Baron Goodman (1913–1995), solicitor and public servant, was born on 21 August 1913 at 26 Bodney Road, Hackney, London, the younger son of Joseph Goodman (1879/1880–1940), master draper, and his wife, Bertha (1887–1959), daughter of Joseph Mauerberger, businessman. His name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Goodrich [Goodryck], Richard (b. before 1508, d. 1562), lawyer and administrator, was a younger son of the staple merchant Richard Goodrich (d. 1508) of Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Alice Etton of Firsby, and was a cousin of Thomas Goodrich, bishop of ...

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Herbert, Edwin Savory, Baron Tangley (1899–1973), lawyer and public servant, was born on 29 June 1899 in Egham, Surrey, the eldest child of Henry William Herbert (1860–1933), chemist, and his wife, Harriett Lizzie Elmes (d. 1953). He was one of a closely knit family of five children (four boys and one girl), brought up in a Methodist household under the kindly but strict influence of his God-fearing parents. This influence had a lasting effect on his character throughout his life. It was initially reflected in the fact that, after finishing his schooling at ...

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Herford, Edward (1815–1896), lawyer and public servant, was born in Birmingham on 10 February 1815, the eldest surviving son of the nine children of John Herford, a wine merchant, and Sarah, only daughter of Edward Smith of Birmingham, notary public and Presbyterian dissenter. His younger brothers and sisters included ...

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Leonard, Daniel (1740–1829), lawyer and politician in America and public official in Bermuda, was born in Norton, Massachusetts, on 29 May 1740, the only son of Colonel Ephraim Leonard and his wife, Judith Perkins. His father's militia office qualified Daniel to rank third in the ...

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Lyndwood, William (c. 1375–1446), administrator, ecclesiastical lawyer, and bishop of St David's, was born in Linwood, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. One of the seven children of John Lyndwood (d. 1419), a successful woolman, and his wife, Alice, William Lyndwood is depicted as a child, but dressed precociously in the robes of a doctor of laws, on his father's monumental brass in ...

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MacGill [Mackgill], James, of Nether Rankeillour (d. 1579), lawyer and administrator, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest son of James MacGill, a substantial Edinburgh merchant who was treasurer of the burgh in 1532–3 and 1545–6 and a bailie in 1549–50; and Helen Wardlaw...

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Sir Theobald Mathew (1898–1964) by Walter Stoneman, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London