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JAMES , Sir WILLIAM MILBOURNE ( 1807 - 1881 ), Lord Justice ;

b. 1807 at Merthyr Tydfil , son of Christopher James , a prosperous provision merchant , uncle of C. H. James (q.v.) . He was educated at the school kept by John James of Gellionnen ( 1779 - 1864 ) (q.v.) , and at Glasgow University , and was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1831 . He practised for some years on the South Wales circuit but later confined his activities to his extensive Chancery practic e. In 1846 he m. Maria , daughter of William Otter , bishop of Chichester . He was knighted in 1869 and appointed Lord Justice of Appeal in 1870 . An enthusiastic Liberal in politics, he was considered for the Merthyr Tydfil nomination when his cousin Charles Herbert James was elected in 1880 , but he had lost touch with Welsh affairs and was little interested in Welsh national movements. He d. 7 June 1881 at his London residence.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • The Welsh Dragon , i, 483-93;
  • C. Wilkins , The history of Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tydfil, 1867) , 451-2.


Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959