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1640

SIR EDWARD COKE
JOHN SELDEN
StR MATTHEW HALE
LORD GUILFORD
LORD JEFFERIES
LORD SONERS
LORD MAXSFIELD
SIR J. E WILMOT

| 1550 Norfolk 1084 La Chief Justice 1
1584 Sussex
1609 Gloucestershire 1676 La Chief Justice 50

1985 Lord Keeper 85 1648 Denbigh

1689 Lord Chancellor 118 1050 Worcester 1716 Lord Chancellor 140 1704 Perth 1776 La Chief Justice 171

Ch. Justice 200

1792 Com. Pleas 1793 Wiltshire 1750 La Chief Justice 940 1731 Devonshire 1783 Solicitor General 287 1756

1806 Lord Chancellor 258 1746 London 1750 Scotland 1893 Lord Chancellor 320 1757 London 1818 Solicitor General 391

| 1709

SIR W. BLACKSTONE

LORD ASHBURTOX

1794}

Chief Judge

in India

306

LORD THURLOW
Str W. JONES
LORD Erskins
SIR SAMUEL ROMILLY

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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