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SIR EDWARD COKE 1550 Norfolk
JOHN SELDEN

1584 Sussex
SIR MATTHEW HALE 1609 Gloucestershire
LORD GUILFORD 1640
LORD JEFFERIES 1648 Denbigh
LORD SOMERS

1650 Worcester
LORD MANSFIELD 1704 Perth
SIR J. E. WILMOT 1709
SIR W. BLACKSTONE 1723 Wiltshire
LORD ASHBURTON 1731 Devonshire
LORD THURLOW 1736
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1746. London LORD ERSKINE 1750 Scotland Sır Samuel ROMILLY | 1757 (London

1676 Ld. Chief Justice 59 1685 Lord Keeper 1689 Lord Chancellor 113 1716 Lord Chancellor 1776 Ld. Chief Justice 171 100 S Ch. Justice ? 1792 Com. Pleas S 1780 LA. Chief Justice 1783 Solicitor General 287 1806 Lord Chancellor 258 1901 Chief Judge 21 1794 in India S 1823 Lord Chancellor 329 1818 Solicitor General 391

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BIOGRAPHY.

BRITISH LAWYERS.

SIR EDWARD COKE.

1550—1634.

EDWARD COKE, afterwards solicitor and attorney-general, and successively lord chief justice of the courts of common pleas and of the king's bench, was descended from an ancient family in the county of Norfolk. He was the son of Robert Coke, Esq. of Mileham, in that county, a barrister of great practice, and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn, by Winifred, daughter and coheiress of William Knightley, of Morgrave Knightley, in the same county. He was born at Mileham in the year 1550; and at the age of ten years was sent to the free-school at Norwich; whence he was removed to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he remained for four years. At the expiration of that period he became a member of Clifford's Inn ; and in the course of the next year of the Inner Temple. While a student of the latter society, he is said to have exhibited proofs of the high legal talents by which he was afterwards so greatly distinguished. At the end of six years he was called to the bar; a very short probation, the usual period being at that time eight years. *

The first case in which he appeared in the king's bench was the Lord Cromwell's case, in Trinity term

* Dugdale's Origines, p. 159.

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