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Archer, Peter Kingsley, Baron Archer of Sandwell (1926–2012), barrister and politician, was born on 20 November 1926 in Great Western Street, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, the only child of Cyril Kingsley Archer (1897–1974), tool setter, and his wife, May, née Baker (1896–1976). His parents encouraged him to spend time in the library, instilling a lifelong love of books. He also became committed to Methodism and was later a lifelong Methodist lay preacher. At the age of sixteen he completed his schooling at ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by H. J. Spencer

Atherton, Sir William (1806–1864), lawyer and politician, was born at Glasgow in October 1806, the son of the Revd William Atherton (1775–1850), a Wesleyan minister, and Margaret, daughter of Walter Morison, a minister of the established Church of Scotland. He was educated in ...

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Carter, Sir John Gregorio (1919–2005), lawyer and diplomatist, was born on 27 January 1919 in Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana, the only son and youngest of five children of Kemp R. Carter, pharmacist, and his wife, Gertrude, née Humphrys. His parents were both from ...

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Sir Dingle Mackintosh Foot (1905–1978) by Elliott & Fry, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foot, Sir Dingle Mackintosh (1905–1978), politician and lawyer, was born on 24 August 1905 in Plymouth, the eldest child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Isaac Foot (1880–1960), MP and solicitor, and his wife, Eva Mackintosh (1878–1946). She was a Scot of Cornish descent and he was given her father's family name. He was educated at ...

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Hayford, Joseph Ephraim Casely- (1866–1930), lawyer and politician, was born in Cape Coast on 28 September 1866. The scion of a prominent Fante coastal family, he was called Ekra Agyiman in Fante although he later used the Europeanized forms of his names bestowed by missionaries on his family. This owed something to the fact that, like others who shared this complex if privileged background, he was not brought up with a good command of his African mother tongue, ...

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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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Sir Robert Yewdall Jennings (1913–2004) by Max Koot © Max Koot

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Jennings, Sir Robert Yewdall (1913–2004), jurist, international lawyer, and judge, was born on 19 October 1913 at 25 Sherborne Villas, Town Lane, Idle, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the only son of Arthur Jennings and his wife, Edith Schofield, née Brotherton. He was brought up in solid but simple circumstances. His mother was a mill worker; her father, a butcher, could neither read nor write, but was a lively character with an affectionate relationship with his grandson. His paternal grandfather was a clerk at the mill, and his father, ...

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G. W. Keeton

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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...

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C. E. A. Bedwell

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Littler, Sir Ralph Daniel Makinson (1835–1908), barrister, second son of Robert Littler, and his wife, Sarah, was born on 2 October 1835 at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, where his father was minister of the Lady Huntingdon Chapel. His mother was the daughter of Daniel Makinson...

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Sir John Quick (1852–1932) by Portia Geach, c. 1910 © reserved; photograph by permission of the National Library of Australia

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Herbert Burton

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Quick, Sir John (1852–1932), lawyer and politician in Australia, was born at Trevega, Towednack, near St Ives, Cornwall, on 22 April 1852, the only child of John Quick, a farmer, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of James Quick, of Trevega. The family arrived in ...

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Robson, William Snowdon, Baron Robson (1852–1918), lawyer and politician, was born at 4 Abbotsford Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 10 September 1852, the third son of Robert Robson JP (d. 1896), a merchant and philanthropist of that city, and his first wife, ...

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Thompson, Sir John Sparrow David (1845–1894), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born at 5 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 10 November 1845, the seventh and last child of John Sparrow Thompson and Charlotte Pottinger. His father was an Irish Methodist who went to ...

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Webb, Thomas Ebenezer (1821–1903), philosopher, barrister, and literary critic, was born in Portscatho, Cornwall, on or about 8 May 1821. He was eldest of the twelve children of the Revd Thomas Webb, a Methodist minister who owned a small estate in Cornwall, and his wife, ...