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Annesley, Alexander (d. 1813), legal writer and political commentator, was a London solicitor and member of the Inner Temple. After many years' practice, by which he acquired a large fortune, he retired to Hyde Hall, Hertfordshire. Annesley—a man of many accomplishments—paid repeated visits to the continent and was an enthusiastic sportsman. In later life, though afflicted with gout, it was said that he 'drove four in hand at ...

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Balfour, Sir James, of Pittendreich (c. 1525–1583), politician and legal writer, was the eldest son of Sir Michael Balfour (d. 1577) of Mountquhanie in Fife, and Joneta Boswell. He may have been educated at St Andrews in 1539 or 1540, when he would have been about fifteen years old, and was at ...

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Bingham, Peregrine (bap. 1788, d. 1864), legal writer and reformer, was baptized at Radclive, Buckinghamshire, on 19 April 1788, the eldest son of the Revd Peregrine Bingham (1754–1826) and his wife, Amy, née Bowles. He was educated at Winchester College and at Magdalen College, Oxford...

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Broke, Sir Robert (d. 1558), judge, legal writer, and speaker of the House of Commons, was probably born in the first decade of the sixteenth century. He was the eldest son of Thomas Broke of Claverley, Shropshire, and Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Grosvenor...

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Coke, Sir Edward (1552–1634), lawyer, legal writer, and politician, was born on 1 February 1552 at Mileham, Norfolk, the only surviving son of Robert Coke (1513–1561), lawyer and landowner of Mileham, and his wife, Winifred (d. 1569), daughter of William Knightley of ...

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Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634) by unknown artist by kind permission of the Earl of Leicester and the Trustees of the Holkham Estate. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Colquhoun, Sir Patrick Macchombaich (1815–1891), diplomatist and legal writer, was born on 13 April 1815, the eldest son of James Colquhoun (1780–1855) and grandson of Patrick Colquhoun. His father was chargé d'affaires of the king of Saxony, the duke of Oldenburg, and of the ...

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Dawes, Manasseh (d. 1829), barrister and writer on political and legal subjects, was admitted to the Inner Temple on 30 May 1776, when he was described as 'of Chapel Street in the Parish of St George Hanover Square, gent' (admission register, Inner Temple...

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Dyer, Sir James (1510–1582), judge, law reporter, and speaker of the House of Commons, was born between January and March 1510, the second son of Richard Dyer (d. 1523) of Wincanton, Somerset; his mother's surname was Walton. There was an old tradition that he spent some time at ...

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Gray, John (1807–1875), legal writer and lawyer and public official, was born in Aberdeen, the seventh son of George Gray. He was educated at Gordon's Hospital in Aberdeen, before entering the office of Messrs White and Whitmore, solicitors, in London. He was admitted to the ...

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Hart, Sir William Ogden (1903–1977), local government administrator and legal writer, was born on 25 May 1903 at 5 Lawson Road, Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, the son of Sir William Edward Hart (1866–1942), a solicitor, who was town clerk of Sheffield (1913–31) and was knighted in 1929, and his wife, ...

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Ilbert, Sir Courtenay Peregrine (1841–1924), parliamentary draftsman, administrator in India, and legal writer, was born at Kingsbridge, Devon, on 12 June 1841, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Peregrine Arthur Ilbert, rector of Thurlestone, Devon, and his wife, Rose Anne, daughter of ...

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Kyd, Stewart (d. 1811), radical and legal writer, a native of Arbroath, Forfarshire, was educated at Arbroath grammar school and, from the age of fourteen, at King's College, Aberdeen. Abandoning a design of entering the church, he settled in London, and was called to the bar from the ...

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Kyshe, James William Norton- (1855–1920), colonial official and legal writer, was probably born in Mauritius, the second son of Henry Kyshe and Esther Norton. He once described himself as 'one of the Jewish race, closely connected to the Jews of the best birth and highest standing in ...

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Locke, John (1805–1880), legal writer and politician, born in London, was the only son of John Locke, surveyor, of Herne Hill, Surrey, and his wife, Alice, daughter of W. Cartwright. He was educated at Dulwich College and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1829 and MA in 1832. He was called to the ...

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Macpherson, Sir John Molesworth (1853–1914), administrator and legislative draftsman in India, was born in Calcutta on 8 August 1853. He was the elder son of John Macpherson MD (1817–1890), of the East India Company's medical service, and nephew of Samuel Charters Macpherson (1806–1860)...

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Phillipps, Samuel March (1780–1862), legal writer and civil servant, second son of Thomas March of More Crichel, Dorset, was born at Crakemarsh, Staffordshire, on 14 July 1780. His father assumed the additional surname of Phillipps on succeeding in 1796 to the estate of ...

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Pollard, Sir Richard (d. 1542), law reporter and exchequer official, was the second son of Sir Lewis Pollard (d. 1526), the judge, and Agnes, daughter of Thomas Hext of Kingston, near Totnes, Devon. Admitted to the Middle Temple in 1519, by 1529 he was acting as counsel in the ...

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Vernon, Thomas (1654–1721), law reporter and politician, was born on 25 November 1654, the only son of Richard Vernon (c.1615–1679), of Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire, and Jane Carter (d. 1697). He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 11 May 1672 and called to the bar on 20 May 1679. He was licensed on 5 January 1680 to marry ...

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Wight, Alexander (d. 1793), advocate and writer on election law, was the son of David Wight, writer, of Edinburgh. Wight attended the University of Edinburgh between 1745 and 1748. He was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates on 6 March 1754 and in time established himself as a leading counsel. In 1773 he published, with a dedication to ...