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Alexander, David Lindo (1842–1922), lawyer and Jewish community leader, was born at 6 South Street, London, on 5 October 1842, second son in the large family of solicitor Joshua Alexander and his wife, Jemima (b. 1819), one of eighteen children of David Abarbanel Lindo...

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Bainham, James (d. 1532), lawyer and protestant martyr, was the youngest son of Sir Alexander Bainham and Elizabeth Langley, née Tracy, of Westbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire, and nephew through his mother of Sir William Tracy, the evangelical landowner from Toddington in Gloucestershire whose will was refused probate in 1531 because of its heretical content. The source of his early education is unknown, but he probably attended a grammar school for he knew both Latin and Greek; later he was admitted to the inns of court and became a lawyer. However, he did not confine his energies to the law; he also espoused the evangelical faith articulated so eloquently in his uncle's will. ...

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Bentwich, Herbert (1856–1932), lawyer and Zionist leader, was born on 11 May 1856 at 57 Church Lane, Whitechapel, London, the youngest of three children (he had a brother and a sister) of Marks, or Mattos (Mattathias), Bentwitch, a jeweller who had immigrated from ...

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Butler, Charles (1750–1832), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born in London on 14 August 1750, the son of James Butler, a successful linen draper who had a shop on Pall Mall. His mother, whose maiden name was Blandecque and whose family came from ...

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Charles Butler (1750–1832) by Robert William Sievier, pubd 1817 (after John Barry) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clifford, Henry (1768–1813), Roman Catholic layman and lawyer, was born on 2 March 1768, the second of the eight sons of Thomas Clifford (1732–1787) of Tixall, Staffordshire (brother of Hugh, fourth Baron Clifford), and his wife, Barbara (d. 1786), youngest daughter and coheir of ...

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Goldsmid, Sir Francis Henry, second baronet (1808–1878), lawyer and Jewish communal leader, was born at Spital Square, London, on 1 May 1808, the second son of the financier Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, first baronet (1778–1859), and his wife and cousin, Isabel Goldsmid (1788–1860)...

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Innes, Alexander Taylor (1833–1912), lawyer and church historian, was born on 18 December 1833 at Tain, Ross and Cromarty, the son of Alexander Innes, accountant and bank agent, and his wife, Martha Taylor. He was educated at the Royal Academy in Tain and, from 1848, at the ...

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Jeake, Samuel (1623–1690), lawyer and nonconformist preacher, was born in Rye on 9 October 1623, son of Henry Jeake (b. c.1600), a baker in Rye, and his wife, Anne (d. 1639), daughter of the Sussex minister John Pierson, and was baptized on 12 October. ...

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Lushington, Vernon (1832–1912), lawyer and positivist, was born on 8 March 1832 in London, the fourth son of Stephen Lushington (1782–1873) and his wife, Sarah Grace, née Carr, and twin to Sir Godfrey Lushington, whom he closely resembled in appearance, abilities, and temperament. After their mother's death in 1837, the twins were brought up by a maternal aunt at their father's seat in ...

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MacNamara, Daniel (1720–1800), lawyer and Roman Catholic activist, was born into the Roman Catholic MacNamara family of Ardcloney, near Killaloe, co. Clare, Ireland; his mother was Mary O'Callaghan. No information has been uncovered about his education. Although in later life he was generally known as ...

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Marlborough, Thomas of (d. 1236), historian, lawyer, and abbot of Evesham, presumably came from Marlborough in Wiltshire. He studied at Paris under Stephen Langton (d. 1228), most likely arts, when Richard Poor or Poore (d. 1235) was his fellow student: this was probably in the 1180s. He describes ...

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Melmoth, William, the elder (1665/6–1743), lawyer and religious writer, was admitted to Clifford's Inn on 15 April 1686 and to the Inner Temple on 30 May 1689. Nothing is known of his background beyond the fact that the Inner Temple admitted him as a gentleman. He was called to the bar at the ...

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Poynder, John (1779/80–1849), lawyer and evangelical activist, was the eldest son of a City of London tradesman and his evangelical wife. He was educated briefly at the Newington Butts school of Joseph Forsyth, where he imbibed a lasting love of literature. As a young man he hoped to become an Anglican clergyman but he was persuaded by family pressures to become a solicitor instead, and for nearly forty years he served as clerk and solicitor to the royal hospitals of ...

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Pykenham, William (d. 1497), lawyer and ecclesiastic, was one of four sons of John Pykenham (d. c.1436), a successful lawyer who probably came from a prosperous London merchant family, and his wife, Katherine Barrington. His mother was a member of a prominent ...

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Quilliam, William Henry [known as Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam; Haroon Mustapha Leon] (1856–1932), lawyer and Muslim leader, was born on 10 April 1856 at 22 Elliot Street, Liverpool, the son of Robert Quilliam, watch manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet, née Burrows. He was of Manx descent (and at one point active in the ...

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Rollock, Peter, of Pilton (c. 1558–1632), lawyer and titular bishop of Dunkeld, was the sixth son of Andrew Rollock (d. 1565), laird of Duncrub in south-eastern Perthshire, and his wife, Marion, also Rollock, and first cousin of Robert Rollock (1555–1599) and Hercules Rollock...

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Sherfield, Henry (bap. 1572, d. 1634), lawyer and iconoclast, was baptized on 13 September 1572 at Winterbourne Earls, near Salisbury, the third son and one of five children of Richard Sherfield or Shervill (c.1535–c.1620), corn dealer and small farmer, and his wife, ...

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Tregonwell, Sir John (c. 1498–1565), lawyer and ecclesiastical administrator, may have been born of yeoman stock at Tregonnell in the parish of Manaccan in Cornwall; he had a sister, Alice, who married John Southcote. His first wife's maiden name was Kelway; his second wife, ...

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Upton, Nicholas (c. 1400–1457), cleric, lawyer, and writer on warfare and heraldry, was probably the second son of John and Elizabeth Upton who came from Portlinch, near Newton, Devon. Claims that he was born in Somerset are dubious. Enrolled as a scholar of ...