DENMAN, Thomas, Baron Denman (1779–1854), lawyer, judge & politician. LS to [Edmund] Lodge. 1830s


DENMAN, Thomas, Baron Denman (1779–1854), lawyer, judge & politician. LS to [Edmund] Lodge. 1830s

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DENMAN, Thomas, first Baron Denman (1779–1854), lawyer, judge & politician. Autograph letter in third person to Mr [Edmund] Lodge, no place, no date [1832-39], 8vo, 4 sides of a bifolium, apologising for not having answered his letter earlier regarding the pedigree and arms of the Denman family which “is to be found in Thornton’s History of Notts - one branch of which (connecting them with high personages) was lost in females about the middle of the 17th century .” He writes that he believes that he probably descends “from some other branch, though the descent cannot be traced, for his grandfather came from that county & neighbourhood (near Retford) & settled as an apothecary at Bakewell in Derbyshire, & was the father of Joseph, MD, who practiced at Buxton ….. died JP in his 83rd yr in 1812, & of Thos. MD, many years well known in London, the C[hief] J[ustice]’s father. He married Elizth Brodie (sister of the Rev Peter Bellinger Brodie, whose 3rd son, the eminent surgeon has just been made a Bart., had 2 daughters (twins, Margaret, married to Sir Rd Croft, Bart. & Sophia, married to Matthew Baillie MD) & one son, the C.J. born Feb 23, 1779. Dr Thomas D died in his 83rd year 25 Nov 1815.”


Thomas Denman was born on 23 February 1779 in London, the only son and youngest of the three children of Thomas Denman (1733–1815), a distinguished physician whose textbook on midwifery was an eighteenth-century best-seller, and his wife, Elizabeth (1747–1833), daughter of Alexander Brodie, an army accoutrement maker (ODNB). Denman was a distinguished barrister; was MP for Wareham and Nottingham; was made Common Serjeant of London in 1822; became Attorney General in 1830; and was made Lord Chief Justice of England of the King’s Bench in 1832. In 1834 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Denman, of Dovedale in the County of Derby.

Edmund Lodge (1756–1839) was a herald and biographer. He obtained in 1782 the post of Bluemantle pursuivant-at-arms in the College of Arms, and was to spend the rest of his career as a herald and a genealogist. He rose through the ranks of the College of Arms, becoming Lancaster herald in 1793 and Norroy king of arms in 1822. His career as a herald was crowned when he was promoted to Clarenceux king of arms, the second in command at the College of Arms, in 1838. (ODNB).

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