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Sir John Bernard Bosanquet (1773-1847)

Sir John Bernard Bosanquet was the youngest son of Samuel Bosanquet of Forest House, Leytonstone, and a nephew of Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford and was called to the bar in 1800. Bosanquet enjoyed a successful legal career partly owing to family influence. He was appointed standing counsel to the East India Company in 1814 and to the Bank of England in 1819.

In 1827 Bosanquet was made King's Serjeant and a year later was nominated one of the commissioners appointed to inquire into the practice of the common law courts. He was made a judge of the court of common pleas in 1830 and was knighted a day later. In September 1833 Bosanquet was appointed a member of the Privy Council and from 1835 to 1840 served as a lord commissioner of the great seal. Ill health forced his retirement from the bench in 1842.

Bosanquet was a man of great learning who is supposed to have published anonymously a letter showing a connection between old testament prophecy and the Apocalypse.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography, Burke's Landed Gentry, volume 1 (1898) and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)

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