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Bell, Robert (c. 1760–1816), lawyer and jurist, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children of the Revd William Bell (1704–1779), Scottish Episcopal minister in Edinburgh, and Margaret Morrice, his second wife. Little is known of Bell's early life or schooling, though surviving correspondence of relatives indicates that the family lived in straitened circumstances, especially after the death of ...

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Mountague Bernard (1820–1882) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bernard, Mountague (1820–1882), jurist and international lawyer, was descended from a Huguenot family which left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes and who for several generations owned land at Montego Bay in Jamaica. He was the third son of Charles Bernard...

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Craig, Thomas (1538?–1608), lawyer and jurist, was the eldest of the five sons of Robert Craig (d. 1575), merchant burgess of Edinburgh, and Katherine Bellenden (fl. 1528–1578), probably the daughter of Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoul, justice-clerk and senator of the ...

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Fawcett, Sir James Edmund Sandford (1913–1991), lawyer and jurist, was born on 16 April 1913 at the parsonage, North Hagbourne, Wallingford, Berkshire, the son of the Revd Joseph Fawcett, Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Scattergood. He was educated at the ...

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Forbes, William (1668x71–1745), lawyer and jurist, was born possibly in 1668 or between November 1670 and January 1671, the elder of two children of Thomas Forbes (1629–1687) and his wife, Isabel (1635–1715), daughter of David Edgar of Keithock, Forfarshire, and widow of James Pitcairn...

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Hunter, Sir Robert (1844–1913), lawyer and authority on commons and public rights of way, was born at 3 Addington Square, Camberwell, on 27 October 1844, the elder of two children of Robert Lachlan Hunter, master mariner and shipowner, and his wife, Anne, daughter of ...

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James Iredell (1751–1799) by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, 1798–9 in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art

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Iredell, James (1751–1799), lawyer and jurist in the United States of America, was born on 5 October 1751 at Lewes, Sussex, the eldest of five sons of Francis Iredell (d. 1772), a Bristol merchant, and Margaret, née McCulloh, who came from a prominent Anglo-Irish family with influential links to ...

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Palmer, William (1802–1858), lawyer and jurist, was born on 9 October 1802, the second son of George Palmer (1772–1853) of Nazeing Park, Essex, MP for the southern division of that county from 1836 to 1847, and Anna Maria, daughter of William Bund of ...

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Reid, Richard Tuohill (1822/3–1883), lawyer and jurist in India, was born at Killarney, co. Kerry, the only surviving son of Herbert Reid (d. before 1842), a merchant of Killarney, and his wife, Catherine, née Tuohill. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar in 1841, and took a degree in 1844–5. On 3 May 1845 he was admitted to the ...

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Sinclair, John (c. 1510–1566), lawyer and jurist, was the fourth son of Sir Oliver Sinclair of Roslin (d. 1513) and Isabella Livingstone, his wife. He was a younger brother of Henry Sinclair (1507/8–1565), bishop of Ross: 'Sik tua honest and cunning letterit men as thir wes will be seindill or rather never seen to come of ane hous and familie of this realme...

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Smith, William (1697–1769), lawyer and jurist in America, was born on 8 October 1697 at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, the first of six children of Thomas Smith (1675–1745), tallow chandler, and his wife, Susanna (1677–1728), daughter of Thomas Odell and his wife, Christiana. He was educated by tutors in the classics and sciences, then emigrated to ...

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Spottiswoode, John, of that ilk (1667–1728), lawyer and jurist, was born on 28 November 1667, the son of Alexander Spottiswoode (1636–1675), advocate, designated of Crumstaine in right of his first wife, Isobel, daughter of Sir John Home of Crumstaine in Berwickshire, and his second wife, ...

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Waldock, Sir (Claud) Humphrey Meredith (1904–1981), jurist and international lawyer, was born on 13 August 1904 in Colombo, Ceylon, the fourth son in the family of four sons and one daughter of Frederic William Waldock, tea planter, and his wife, Lizzie Kyd Souter...

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Winfield, Sir Percy Henry (1878–1953), lawyer and jurist, was born at Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, on 16 September 1878, the fifth child and youngest son of Frederick Charles Winfield, corn merchant, and his wife, Mary Flatt. He was educated at King's Lynn grammar school...

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Thomas Wood (1661–1722) by Michael Vandergucht, pubd 1724 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wood, Thomas (1661–1722), lawyer and jurist, was born on 20 September 1661 at Oxford, in the parish of St John Baptist, the eldest son of Robert Wood (1630–1686) of Oxford and his wife, Mary (1638–1686), daughter of Thomas Drope (d. 1644), vicar of ...