Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (1762–1841)

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Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (4 January 1762 – 1 July 1841) was an English legal writer.



Born in London, he was the eldest son of Thomas Tomlins (d. 1815), solicitor and clerk to the Company of Painter-Stainers, descended from the family of Tomlins in the neighbourhood of Ledbury in Herefordshire [1] and of Hereford. Thomas Edlyne was admitted a scholar at St Paul's School, London on 21 September 1769. He matriculated at The Queen's College, Oxford, on 27 October 1778, and was called to the bar by the society of the Inner Temple in the Hilary term of 1783. [2]

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For some years Tomlins was editor of the St. James's Chronicle , a daily newspaper, and on 30 May 1801 he was appointed counsel to the chief secretary for Ireland. In the same year he became parliamentary counsel to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland, a post which he retained until the union of the British and Irish treasuries in 1816. He was knighted at Wanstead House on 29 June 1814, on the recommendation of the Duke of Wellington, and in 1818 was appointed assistant counsel to the treasury. In Hilary term 1823 he was elected a bencher of the Inner Temple, and in 1827 he filled the office of treasurer to the society. In January 1831, on the Whigs coming into office, he retired from his post in the treasury. [2]

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Tomlins died on 1 July 1841 at St. Mary Castlegate, York. [2]

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Tomlins was the author of: [2]

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He also superintended several editions of Giles Jacob's Law Dictionary; his last edition of it was joint work with Alexander Annesley. [3] He edited Josiah Brown's Reports of Cases on Appeals and Writs of Error determined in the High Court of Parliament (London, 1803), and, as sub-commissioner of the records, took a major part in editing the Statutes of the Realm (9 vols. 1810–24). [2] Jointly with his sister Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins he published a collection of short poems, Tributes of Affection by a Lady and her Brother, in 1797.

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Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins (1763–1828), was born in 1763. In 1797 her brother, later Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (1762–1841), published ‘Tributes of Affection by a Lady and her Brother’, a collection of short poems, most of them by her. Besides contributing several pieces to various periodical publications, she was the author of several novels, of which the most popular was ‘The Victim of Fancy,’ an imitation of Goethe's ‘Werther.’ Others were ‘The Baroness d'Alunton,’ and ‘Rosalind de Tracy,’ 1798, 12mo. She also translated the ‘History of Napoleon Bonaparte’ from one of the works of Louis Pierre Anquetil. Miss Tomlins died at The Firs, Cheltenham, on 8 August 1828.


Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins (1763–1828) was his sister. Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (1804–1872) was his nephew. [2]

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  1. Dictionary of National Biography, Errata (1904), p.267
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Carlyle, Edward Irving (1899). "Tomlins, Thomas Edlyne"  . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography . 57. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 17.
  3. The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle. E. Cave. 1814. p. 94. Retrieved 22 August 2013.