William John Law
(1786–1869) was a British judge
of the 19th century.
Law was born on December 6, 1786. His father, Ewan Law, second son of Edmund Law
, Bishop of Carlisle
, was Member of Parliament
, 1790–5, for Newtown
, Isle of Wight
, 5 May to 29 June 1802, and died at Horsted
, 29 April 1829, having married, 28 June 1784, Henrietta Sarah, eldest daughter of Dr. William Markham
, Archbishop of York
; she died on August 15, 1844, aged 80.
The eldest son, William John, was educated at Westminster School
, and matriculated
, 16 May 1804, from Christ Church, Oxford
, where he held a studentship until 1814. He took a university prize for Latin verse in 1807, a first class
in the following year, graduated B.A.
1808, and proceeded M.A.
1810. On February 11, 1813 he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn
, and on the passing of Lord Eldon's
Act in 1825 became one of the commissioners of bankruptcy. Subsequently he was appointed a commissioner of the court for the relief of insolvent debtors, and on August 1, 1853 promoted to be the chief commissioner. This court was abolished in 1861.
He was a hard-working and intelligent lawyer, possessed of a thorough practical mastery of the branch of justice which he administered for so many years. Though he was not a betting man, he knew the ‘Racing Calendar’ by heart, and never missed seeing the Epsom Derby
. His fondness for... Read More