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Sir Henry Fox Bristowe

This page will have details of Sir Henry Fox Bristowe, Queen's Counsel, Vice Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster (also known as the Duchy of Lancaster).

He married Selina Bridgeman, daughter of the Hon. Orlando Henry Bridgeman, and the grand-daughter of the Earl of Bradford. He was himself Knighted in Queen Victoria's Jubilee Honours of 1887.

The following Obituary Notice appeared in the Times on the 22nd February 1893 -


Sir Henry Fox Bristowe, Q.C., Vice-Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, died at his residence, The Cliffe, Nantwich, on Monday night. Early last year he had a severe attack of influenza, and he was granted three months' leave of absence, but he never really recovered his original strength, though he resumed his sittings after Easter last year and continued them till the sittings at Manchester at the begining of November, when he was taken ill and had to remain at home. While his strength would permit, up to Christmas last, he held weekly sittings of his Court in the library of his house and discharged his judicial functions there, notwithstanding that he suffered much pain.  The son of the late Mr. S. E. Bristowe, of Beesthorpe, Notts, Sir Henry was born in 1824.  He was called to the Bar in 1847 and became Q.C. in 1869.  He has been Vice-Chancellor of the Duchy since 1881.  In 1850 he married Selina, daughter of the late Hon. Orlando Henry Bridgeman, and he survived her by seven years.  He took very much interest in the Board of Legal Studies in Liverpool, and he was to have presided at the conversazione at University College when the opening address in connexion with the board was delivered by Lord Justice Fry.  Vice-Chancellor Robinson, who had been appointed by the Chancellor of the Duchy to discharge the duties of the office for six months in consequence of Sir Henry's illness, in announcing the Vice-Chancellor's death yesterday, said that Sir Henry Bristowe would be sadly missed, as he was a most able lawyer and always very courteous to the Bar and the public.  He would only be carrying out the Vice-Chancellor's wishes were he alive if they continued to hear the part-heard case on which they were engaged, and it its close adjourn the Court until further notice.  Mr. Rotch, Q.C., on behalf of the Bar, was sure that all who had pleaded before Sir Henry would feel that they had lost a dear friend as well as an upright and painstaking Judge.  He felt sure that his Honour was only carrying out what would have been the late Vice-Chancellor's wishes, that no inconvenience should be caused to the suitors and that justice should be done as speedily and at as little expense as possible.

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