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Bagshaw, Edward (1589/90–1662), lawyer, was born in London, the second son of the London vintner Edward Bagshaw, whose family originated in Derbyshire, and his wife, probably named Mary Heming. Bagshaw's father died in 1597, and his mother then married the prominent Northamptonshire lawyer ...

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Bowes, Sir Robert (1493?–1555), soldier, lawyer, and rebel, was the second surviving son of Sir Ralph Bowes of Streatlam, co. Durham (d. 1512), and Marjorie (d. 1524), daughter and coheir of Sir Richard Conyers of South Cowton, North Riding of Yorkshire...

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Concanen, Matthew (1701–1749), writer and lawyer, was born in Ireland. Nothing is known of his parentage, education, or early life beyond Shiels's statement that he 'was bred to the Law' (Cibber, 5.27). He showed early literary ambitions with a comedy, ...

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Craig, William [Bill] (1924–2011), solicitor and politician, was born on 2 December 1924 in Old Town Street, Cookstown, co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the son of John Craig, bank manager, and his wife, Mary Kathleen, née Lamont. Educated at Dungannon Royal School and Larne grammar school...

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William Craig (1924–2011) by Bruno Bachelet, 1973 © Paris Match / Getty Images

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Sidney Lee

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Croke, Sir Alexander (1758–1842), lawyer and author, was born on 22 July 1758 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the son of Alexander Croke of Studley Priory, Oxfordshire, and Anne, daughter of Robert Armistead, rector of Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire. After spending some years at a private school at ...

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G. F. R. Barker

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Crosby, Brass (1725–1793), lawyer and politician, was born on 8 May 1725 in Stockton-on-Tees, the elder son in the family of five children of Hercules Crosby (d. 1761), burgess, and his wife, Mary (1704/1705–1769), the daughter and coheir of John Brass, of ...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Marie-Louise Legg

Ingram, Thomas Dunbar (1826–1901), historian and lawyer, born in Newry, co. Down, on 28 July 1826, was the second son of William Ingram and his wife, Elizabeth Cooke. John Kells Ingram was his elder brother. After a preliminary education in Newry, he was sent to ...

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Maurice Johnson (1688–1755) by George Vertue, 1731 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnson, Maurice (1688–1755), antiquary and barrister, was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 19 June 1688, the eldest surviving son (a boy had been stillborn on 20 August 1685) of the seven children of Maurice Johnson (1661–1747), landowner, and his wife, Jane, née Johnson (1666–1703)...

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John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1821–1911) by E. Braconnier © National Portrait Gallery, London

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E. R. Norman

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Ludlow, John Malcolm Forbes (1821–1911), lawyer and social activist, was born in Neemuch, India, on 8 March 1821, the youngest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Ludlow of the East India Company, and his wife, Maria Jane...

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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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Malone, Edmund (1704–1774), barrister and politician, was born in Dublin on 16 April 1704, the second son of Richard Malone (1674–1745), who originally lived in Baronston, co. Westmeath, and his wife, Marcella, daughter of Redmond Molady. Anthony Malone (1700–1776), politician, was his brother. Educated in ...

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March, John (1611/12?–1657), barrister and legal writer, came from obscure origins and little can be ascertained of his family background. He appears to have been the same John March of St Stephen Walbrook, scrivener, who married Alice Matthews of St Nicholas Olave...

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Phillips, Charles (1786/7?–1859), barrister, was born at Sligo, in Ireland, the son of William Phillips (d. 1800), a publican and town councillor. His age was recorded as fifteen years old when he was admitted to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1802, and he graduated BA in 1806. On 30 October 1807 he entered the ...

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Powell, Thomas (d. c. 1635), lawyer and writer, of Welsh parentage, came from the same family as Sir Edward Powell, who became master of requests in 1622. Thomas Powell was described as 'Londino-Cambrensis' on a number of his works and, when he entered ...

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Rigby, George (bap. 1602, d. 1644), lawyer, was the third surviving son of Alexander Rigby (d. 1621) of Wigan and Peel, Lancashire, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Leonard Ashawe of Shaw Hall, Flixton, Lancashire. He was baptized on 21 February 1602. His father was a common law attorney, clerk to ...

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Sir Samuel Romilly (1757–1818) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1806–10 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Romilly, Sir Samuel (1757–1818), lawyer and politician, was born on 1 March 1757 in Frith Street, Soho, London, the youngest of the nine children of Peter Romilly (1712–1784) and his wife, Margaret Garnault (d. 1796). Both the Romilly and Garnault families had emigrated to ...