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Agnes Macdonell

revised by M. J. Mercer

Burn, John (1743/4–1802), magistrate and legal editor, the son of Richard Burn (1709–1785), vicar of Orton and chancellor of the diocese of Carlisle, was born at the family home, Orton Hall, Westmorland. Although trained for the legal profession Burn did not practise, but his legal knowledge stood him in good stead in his capacity as a magistrate in the counties of ...

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Sir Robert Chambers (1737–1803) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1773 © reserved

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Chambers, Sir Robert (1737–1803), jurist and judge, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14 January 1737 and baptized at St Nicholas's Church on 2 February 1737. He was the eldest of the four children of Robert Chambers (1698–1749), an attorney, and his wife, ...

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Christian, Edward (bap. 1758, d. 1823), jurist and magistrate, was baptized on 3 March 1758 near Brigham, Cumberland, the second son of Charles Christian (1729–1768) of Mairlandclere (Moorland Close), attorney and coroner of Cumberland, and Ann Dixon (1730–1820). His elder brother, John (1752–1791)...

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Fraser, Patrick, Lord Fraser (1817–1889), jurist and judge, third son and the fourth of at least eight children of Patrick or Peter Fraser (c.1777–1850) flax dresser, of Perth, and his wife, Ann Fraser (c.1790–1854), also a flax dealer, was born at ...

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Hart, Heber Leonidas (1865–1948), judge and jurist, was born on 31 March 1865 at 5 Binfield Road, Clapham, the youngest of several sons and one of eight children of Percy Matthew Hart, company registrar, of Wimbledon, and his wife, Sarah Ann Stillwell. He was named ...

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Hume, David (bap. 1757, d. 1838), jurist and judge, was baptized on 27 February 1757 at Chirnside, Berwickshire, the third son (of the four sons and four daughters) of John Hume (1709–1786) of Ninewells, Berwickshire, and his wife, Agnes (1725–1785), daughter of Robert Carre...

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Laddie, Sir Hugh Ian Lang (1946–2008), barrister, judge, and legal scholar, was born on 15 April 1946 at 34 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, the elder son and second of three children of Bertie Daniel Laddie (1915–1987), a solicitor then serving as a captain in the ...

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Maconochie, Allan, of Meadowbank, Lord Meadowbank (bap. 1748, d. 1816), jurist and judge, was baptized in Edinburgh on 23 January 1748, the only son of Alexander Maconochie of Meadowbank, Edinburghshire (1711–1764?), and his wife, Isabella (b. 1725), daughter of the Revd Walter Allan...

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McNair, Arnold Duncan, first Baron McNair (1885–1975), jurist and judge, was born on 4 March 1885 at 52 Lucerne Road, Highbury Fields, London, the eldest child in the family of four sons and one daughter of John McNair (1856–1925) and his wife, Jeannie Ballantyne (1858–1953)...

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Megarry, Sir Robert Edgar (1910–2006), judge and jurist, was born on 1 June 1910 at 25 Woodstock Road, Croydon, Surrey, the elder son of Robert Lindsay Megarry (d. 1952), civil servant, and his wife, Irene Marion Edgar, née Clark (d. 1929)...

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C. A. Harris

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Ramsay, Thomas Kennedy (1826–1886), judge and jurist in Canada, born in Ayr on 2 September 1826, was the third son of David Ramsay, writer to the signet, of Grimmat in the parish of Straiton, Ayrshire. His mother was the daughter of Thomas Kennedy...

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Alan Ferguson Rodger, Baron Rodger of Earlsferry (1944–2011) by unknown photographer, 1980s by kind permission of the Rodger family; photograph reproduced by courtesy of The British Academy

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Rodger, Alan Ferguson, Baron Rodger of Earlsferry (1944–2011), judge and jurist, was born at 12 Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, on 18 September 1944, the elder son and second of the three children of Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907–1978), psychiatrist, and his wife, Jean Margaret Smith, ...

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Wiseman, Sir Robert (1609/10–1684), judge and jurist, was the seventh, and fifth surviving, son of Sir Thomas Wiseman (d. c.1654) of Rivenhall, Essex, and his wife, Isabell, daughter of Anthony Roper of Farningham, Kent. He matriculated as a pensioner at Trinity Hall, Cambridge...

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Wright, Sir Robert Samuel (1839–1904), judge and jurist, born at Litton rectory, Litton, Somerset, on 20 January 1839, was the eldest son of the Revd Henry Edward Wright, rector of Litton, and his wife, a daughter of the Revd Edward Edgell. He was educated at ...