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Sidney Lee

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Anstey, Thomas Chisholm (1816–1873), lawyer and politician, was the second son of Thomas Anstey (1777–1851), one of the earliest settlers in Van Diemen's Land, and his wife, Mary Turnbull (d. 1862), and was born in Kentish Town, London. He received his early education in ...

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Aton [Ayton, Acton], John (d. 1349), canon lawyer, was the son of John Aton. His ecclesiastical career began with appointments in Lincoln diocese. He first appears in surviving historical sources in 1327, when, as a master of arts, he represented the dean and chapter of ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by G. Martin Murphy

Badeley, Edward Lowth (1803–1868), ecclesiastical lawyer, was born in Chelmsford, Essex, where he was baptized on 25 April 1803, the younger son of John Badeley MD (1746/7–1831), of Leigh's Hall, near Chelmsford, and his wife, Charlotte, née Brackenbury (bap. 1761...

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William Barclay (1546–1608) by Karel van Mallery, pubd 1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, William [Guillaume] (1546–1608), civil lawyer, was born in Scotland. According to Sir Robert Sibbald he was descended from the Barclays of Collairnie in Fife; but according to a note attached to James Gordon's History of Scots Affairs (1841) he was a grandson of ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Jonathan Harris

Barnewall, Richard Vaughan (1779/80–1842), barrister, was the fourth son of Robert Barnewall of London, merchant, and Sophia, daughter of Captain Silvester Barnewall (uncle of Robert Barnewall). His father was said to have been lineally descended from Sir Nicholas Barnewall, created in 1461 chief justice of the common pleas in ...

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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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Barry, Michael Joseph (1817–1889), writer and lawyer, was born in Cork City, the eldest son of Michael Joseph Barry, a barrister and later professor of English law in the then Queen's College, Cork (now University College, Cork), and his wife, Anne England...

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Baynard, Richard (1371–1434), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was born on 2 February 1371, the fourth son of Thomas Baynard (d. 1375) of Messing, Essex, the family home since the twelfth century. He inherited Messing, Birch Hall, and Le Castle...

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Bell, William (b. in or before 1538, d. 1598), lawyer, was born to a family of Worcestershire gentry, the son of John Bell. According to his own account Bell's great-grandfather had been forced to sell his patrimony to support a dissolute wife, the natural daughter of ...

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Bellasis, Edward (1800–1873), serjeant-at-law and Roman Catholic convert, the only son of the Revd George Bellasis of Queen's College, Oxford, rector of Yattendon and vicar of Basilden and Ashampstead, Berkshire, and his second wife, Leah Cooper, only surviving child and heir of Emery Viall...

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Peter James Henry Benenson (1921–2005) by Carolyn Djanogly, 1999 © Carolyn Djanogly; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benenson, Peter James Henry (1921–2005), barrister and human rights campaigner, was born on 31 July 1921 at 6 Albert Court, Knightsbridge, London, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Josiah Solomon (1885–1930), army officer, and his wife, Flora (1895–1984), daughter of the Jewish Russian banker ...

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Blackwood, Adam (1539–1613), civil lawyer and Roman Catholic polemicist, was born in Dunfermline, Fife, one of at least three children of William Blackwood (d. 1547), soldier, and Helen Reid (d. 1547/8). His parents died when he was about eight years old, his father in battle at ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Andrew D. E. Lewis

Booth, James Charles (bap. 1703, d. 1778), lawyer, was baptized on 6 November 1703 at the church of St Germain-en-Laye, the eldest son of Charles Booth (1666/7–1740), army officer and Jacobite courtier, and Barbara Symes. His godfather was James Stuart (James III), Jacobite claimant to the throne, whom ...

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Bowes, John (c. 1383–1444), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, came from a minor gentry family established by 1200 at Costock in south Nottinghamshire. The son of John Bowes (d. in or before 1404) and an unknown mother, he was the first of the family to enjoy a career of any distinction, probably owing his early advancement to his neighbour ...

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Brok, Laurence del (c. 1210–1274), lawyer and justice, was probably born in or before 1210 in Buckinghamshire. His first appearance in the records is in 1231, when he was appointed to act as an attorney in a Buckinghamshire case. By the late 1230s he had become one of a small group of professional lawyers practising in the ...

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Browne, Geoffrey (c. 1608–1668), lawyer and politician, was a son of Sir Dominick Browne (c.1588–1658), merchant and landowner, and Anastasia, daughter of James Rivagh D'Arcy; he belonged through both paternal and maternal descent to the ‘tribes of Galway’, the urban mercantile élite of the city. Some of the ‘tribes’, including the ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Burke, Peter (1811–1881), serjeant-at-law, was born on 7 May 1811 in London, the eldest son of John Burke (1786–1848) of Elm Hall, co. Tipperary, the originator of Burke's Peerage, and his wife, Mary (1781–1846), daughter of Bernard O'Reilly of Ballymorris. His brother was ...