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LEWIS , HUBERT ( 1825 - 1884 ), jurist ;

second son of Edward Clapham Lewis of Ripon, Yorks. Educated at Emmanuel College , Cambridge , he was called to the Bar from the Middle Temple in May 1854 . He had an extensive practice as a conveyancer but his reputation was largely based on his legal writings. These included Principles of Conveyancing , 1863 ; Principles of Equity Drafting , 1865 ; preceded by an edition of Goldsmith 's Equity in 1862 . His most notable achievement, however, was the publication in 1889 of a posthumous work, The Ancient Laws of Wales , edited by ( Sir ) John Edward Lloyd , then a lecturer at the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth . The value of this work as a pioneer study in Welsh jurisprudence — and particularly as an attempt at a comparative study of institutions — has never been adequately appreciated. Lewis d. in retirement, at Margate , 6 March 1884 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Hutchinson , A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars (London, 1902) , 1902 ;
  • F. Boase , Modern English Biography containing many thousand concise memiors of persons who have died since the year 1850, with an index of the most interesting matter , 1897.


Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., (1905-1964), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959