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Hereditary Genius
third in 22; fourth in 9; fifth in 1; and of a yet later birth in 2 instances. It is
clear that the eldest sons do not succeed as judges half as well as the
cadets. I suppose that social influences are, on the whole, against their
entering, or against their succeeding at the law.
APPENDIX TO JUDGES.
THERE have been 286 Judges, according to the “Lives of the Judges,” by
Foss, between the accession of Charles II. and the year 1864. No less than
112 of them find a place in the following list. Among the Judges are
included the Lord Chancellors, 30 in number, and of these eminent officers
no less than 24, or 80 per cent of the whole, will be found to have eminent
relations.
Contractions employed in the List.
The name of a Sovereign in parentheses, as (Charles II.), shows the latest
reign in which each judge held office.
Ch. K. B. (or Q. B.)
=
Chief Justice of the King's (or Queen's)
Bench.
Just. K. B. (or Q. B.)
=
Justice of the King's (or Queen's) Bench.
Ch. B. E.
=
Chief Baron of the Exchequer.
B.E.
=
Baron of the Exchequer.
Curs. B. E.
=
Cursitor Baron of the Exchequer.
Ch. C. P.
=
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
Just. C. P.
=
Justice of the Common Pleas.
M.R.
=
Master of the Rolls.
Abinger, Lord. See SCARLETT.
Abney, Sir Thomas, Just. C. P. (Geo. II.)
U. Sir Thomas Abney, a famous Lord Mayor of London; one of the promoters of the
Bank of England, protector of Dr. Isaac Watts. See Watts' Elegy on him.
[F.] Sir Edward Abney, LL.D. and M.P., a man of importance in his day.
Alderson, Sir Edward Hall; B. E. (Vict.)
F. Recorder of Norwich, Ipswich, and Yarmouth.
Us. Mrs. Opie, the novelist.
Alibone, Sir Richard; Just. K. B. (James II.) G. Eminent Protestant divine. (F. turned
Papist.)
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