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Adair, James (1743?–1798), judge and serjeant-at-law, whose place of birth remains unknown and whose date of birth is unconfirmed, was the first son of James Adair, a Belfast merchant, and Margaret Maxwell of co. Down where the younger Adair later inherited estates. While his early years remain somewhat obscure it is known that ...

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Austin, Charles (1799–1874), barrister, was born in Suffolk on 26 March 1799, the second of the five sons and two daughters of Jonathan Austin (1768/9–1849) and his wife, Anne, née Redhouse (1768/9–1833), of Ipswich. Jonathan Austin was a miller and corn merchant who made large amounts of money as a government contractor during the Napoleonic wars. He was a handsome, vigorous, self-educated, and astute man who liked to read. ...

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Baynes, John (1758–1787), lawyer and political reformer, was born in April 1758 (probably on the 6th) at Middleham in Yorkshire, the son of William Baynes of Middleham, who later moved to Embsay Kirk in Craven. After attending school at Bradford under Mr Butler...

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Carter, Henry [Harry] Bonham (1827–1921), barrister and company director, was born on 15 February 1827 in London, the third son of John Bonham Carter (1788–1838) and his wife, Joanna Maria (d. 1884), daughter of William Smith of Parndon Hall, Essex, MP for ...

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Disney, John (1779–1857), barrister and art collector, born at Flintham Hall, Nottinghamshire, the home of his paternal uncle Lewis Disney, on 29 May 1779, was the eldest son of seven children of the Revd John Disney DD (1746–1816), a Church of England, and later Unitarian, clergyman, and his wife, ...

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Francis Watt

revised by M. J. Mercer

Dodson, Michael (1732–1799), barrister and biblical scholar, the only son of Joseph Dodson, dissenting minister at Marlborough, Wiltshire, and Elizabeth Foster, was born there on 20 or 21 September 1732. He was educated at Marlborough grammar school and then, in accordance with the advice of his maternal uncle, ...

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John Glynn (bap. 1722, d. 1779) by unknown engraver, c. 1769 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Glynn, John (bap. 1722, d. 1779), lawyer and politician, the second son of William Glynn (b. c.1692) of Cardinham, and his wife, Rose, the daughter of John Prideaux of Padstow, both in Cornwall, was baptized at Cardinham on 3 August 1722. He entered ...

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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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Jones, David [pseud. the Welsh Freeholder] (1765–1816), barrister, was the only son of John and Margaret Jones of Bwlchygwynt, near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, where his father farmed his own freehold. He received his early education at Pencader and Abergavenny, and in 1783 entered ...

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Lee, John (1733–1793), barrister and politician, was born at Leeds on 6 March 1733, the youngest of the ten children of the cloth merchant Thomas Lee (1692–1736) and his wife, Mary, née Reveley (1691/2–1750). Although his early education remains obscure, he showed a commitment to the law and was admitted to ...

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T. S. Dorsch

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Losh, James (1763–1833), barrister, was born on 10 June 1763 in Woodside, Wreay, near Carlisle, the fourth child and fourth of the eight sons (one of whom died shortly after birth) and one daughter of John Losh, gentleman, of Woodside, and his wife, ...

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Martineau, Sir Thomas (1828–1893), lawyer, was born on 4 November 1828 in Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the son of Robert Martineau, a manufacturer and prominent local figure, and his wife, Jane, daughter of Samuel Smith, another local industrialist. A descendant of a Huguenot family that had settled in ...

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J. M. Rigg

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Merivale, John Herman (1779–1844), lawyer and literary scholar, was born in Exeter, Devon, on 5 August 1779, the only son of John Merivale (1752–1831), of Barton Place, Exeter, and Bedford Square, London, and Ann Katenkamp (1754–1829), daughter of a German merchant settled in ...

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Paine, Robert Treat (1731–1814), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 11 March 1731 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Paine (d. 1757), merchant and clergyman, and his wife, Eunice Treat, a member of the established and prominent New England...

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John Hamilton Reynolds (1794–1852) by Joseph Severn, 1818 © National Portrait Gallery, London