John Anthony Fonblanque 1759-1837
The “Father of the English Bar”. John Anthony de Fonblanque was a member of the Middle Temple in London. Admitted in 1777, Reader in 1808 and Treasurer in 1815. The image to the right shows his shield which is viewable in the Dining Hall of the Middle Temple in London. He is also mentioned on the wall in the entrance hallway.
John was a King’s Counsel (KC) and well known as an equity lawyer. He was “esteemed for his accomplished mind and urbane qualities”.
He is buried in the Temple Church in London (specific location unknown).
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John is also mentioned in the History of Parliament.
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John Samuel Martin de Fonblanque 1787 -1865
Another famous lawyer and the son of John Anthony above. John Samuel Martin was a Commissioner of Bankruptcy.
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He co-founded “The Jurist” in 1826. Wikipedia tells more of the history of The Jurist here.
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Albany de Fonblanque 1793-1872
Albany was a famous journalist and newspaper editor. He was a political commentator and latterly the editor of “The Examiner“. Albany helped change attitudes towards journalists and made it a more respectable profession.
The photo shown in held in the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.
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