William Alexander, Mr. Fearne, Chief Baron Eyre, Lord Camden, Mr. Hargrave, Sir Samuel Romilly, Lord Loughborough (Wedderburne),—judges and lawyers who were engaged in the courts during the last quarter of the last century and the first quarter of the present.
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Perhaps this is the greatest name after Lord Bacon in the English Chancery.
He was born at Dover, 1690, and was called to the bar, 1715.
At the age of twenty-nine, in 1720, he became Solicitor-General; in 1724, Attorney-General; in 1733, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, as successor to Lord Raymond; in 1737, Chancellor, with the title of Baron Hardwicke (his name was Philip Yorke); in 1754 he was created Earl of Hardwicke.
He resigned his high office in 1756, and died in 1764.
His influence in the House of Lords is said to have been greater than that of any other person in the kingdom.
But it is as a great magistrate that he commands the homage of the bar.