William Bovill

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Sir William Bovill
FRS
WilliamBovill1872.jpg
Bovill in 1872
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
Personal details
Born(1814-05-26)26 May 1814
Allhallows, Barking
Died1 November 1873(1873-11-01) (aged 59)
Kingston upon Thames

Sir William Bovill, PC, FRS (26 May 1814 1 November 1873) was an English lawyer, politician and judge. He served as Chief Justice of the Common Pleas between 1866 and his death in 1873.

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Background

Bovill was born at Allhallows, Barking, a younger son of Benjamin Bovill, of Wimbledon, London. [1]

Career

On leaving school, Bovill did not go to university but was articled to a firm of solicitors. He entered the Middle Temple and practised for a short time as a special pleader below the bar. He was called to the bar in 1841 and joined the home circuit. His special training in a solicitor's office, and its resulting connection, combined with a thorough knowledge of the details of engineering, acquired through his interest in a manufacturing firm in the east end of London, soon brought him a very extensive patent and commercial practice. [1]

Bovill became a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1855, and on 28 March 1857 was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Guildford. In the House of Commons, he was very zealous for legal reform, and the Partnership Law Amendment Act 1865, which he helped to pass, is always referred to as Bovill's Act. In 1866, he was appointed Solicitor General, an office which he vacated on becoming Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in succession to Sir William Erle in November of the same year. [1]

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Personal life

Bovill had married, in 1844, Maria Bolton, eldest daughter of John Henry Bolton of Lee Park, Blackheath. They lived firstly in London and then moved to Worplesdon, where they made their home at Worplesdon Lodge (later renamed Worplesdon Place).

He died at Kingston upon Thames on 1 November 1873. Maria, Lady Bovill died in London 21 October 1901. [2]

Honours and arms

Bovill was knighted in 1866. In May 1867 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. [3]

Coat of arms of William Bovill
Crest
A bull ram quartered Sable and Or.
Escutcheon
Quarterly Argent and Sable.
Motto
Dex Aïe [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Chisholm 1911.
  2. "Obituary - Maria, Lady Bovill". The Times (36593). London. 23 October 1901. p. 7.
  3. "Bovill; Sir; William (1814 - 1873)". Royal Society. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  4. Debrett's Judicial Bench. 1869.

Attribution:

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Guildford
18571866
With: Ross Donnelly Mangles to 1858
Guildford Onslow from 1858
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Solicitor General
1866
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
18661873
Succeeded by