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Thurlow, Edward, first Baron (1731 -1806)

Born at Bracon Ash, Norfolk, eldest son of the Reverend Thomas Thurlow, and educated at Canterbury Grammar School and Caius College, Cambridge, he left without a degree, but took silk in 1761. In 1768, he became Member of Parliament for Tavistock, and in 1770 was made Solicitor General. In 1778, he became Lord Chancellor and received a peerage. He was thus Lord Chancellor at the time of the Regency Bill, which proposed giving the Prince of Wales full monarchic powers because of George III's insanity. Pitt and Thurlow strongly opposed the bill.

In his 'Stanzas of Psalmody', Burns refers to Thurlow as:

"...him among the Princes chief
In our Jerusalem,
The judge that's mighty in Thy Law
The Man that fears Thy Name."

He had an awe-inspiring presence. Dr Johnson said of him: 'I would prepare myself for no man in England but Lord Thurlow. When I am to meet with him I should wish to know a day before.'

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