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Talented Tuesday – Sir William Blackstone

My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was a most talented man. He was born on 10 July 1723 at Cheapside in London. His father was an affluent merchant, who died before William was born. He was educated at Charterhouse and then at Pembroke College, Oxford, and was elected a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford in 1744. He was called to the Bar in 1746, but did not have a successful practice. At the age of thirty he was asked to present a series of lectures on Common English law. These were so successful that they gained him a seat in Parliament, and the headship of New Inn Hall.

His lectures were published in 1765 as “Commentaries on the Laws of England”, in four volumes. It was the first time that English common law had been made readable by laymen, and they were translated into French, Russian and German. It was basic to the US Constitution, and was a textbook for the early American lawyers.

He married Sarah Clitheroe in 1761, and they had nine children. In 1770 he was knighted, and became a judge in the Court of Pleas. He spent his last twenty years with his family at Castle Priory House in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

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  1. Does anyone know the names/basic information of any of William Blackstones 9 Children? I am a descendant of him, and would like to find out how!
    Thankyou
    Kate

    Posted by katechak | November 6, 2011, 7:31 am
    • Did you ever receive any information on Sir William Blackstone’s children? My maiden name was Blackstone and we were told we were descended from Sir William Blackstone. My branch of the Blackstone family was from Pungoteague, Virginia and my grandfather moved to Georgetown, Delaware in 1889.

      Margot.

      Posted by Margot B.Walser | May 29, 2012, 2:06 pm
  2. This is the info I have on his children.
    a Blackstone, MARY
    Birth of Blackstone, MARY (in 1767) in MANYDOWN PARK HANTS

    b Blackstone, REV CHARLES R
    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, REV CHARLES R (in 1771) in MANYDOWN PARK HANTS
    c Blackstone, WILLIAM BERTIE
    Baptism: Baptism of Blackstone, WILLIAM BERTIE on 1762-09-05
    in WALLINGFORD OXON
    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, WILLIAM BERTIE (in 1762) in WALLINGFORD OXON
    Burial: Burial of Blackstone, WILLIAM BERTIE on 1769-10-28 in
    ST MARY LE MORE WALLINGFORD OXON
    Death: Death of Blackstone, WILLIAM BERTIE (in 1769) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    d Blackstone, HENRY
    Baptism: Baptism of Blackstone, HENRY on 1763-09-23 in
    WALLINGFORD OXON
    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, HENRY on (in 1763) in WALLINGFORD OXON
    Death: Death of Blackstone, HENRY on (in 1826) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    e Blackstone, JAMES
    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, JAMES on (in 1764) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    f Blackstone, SARAH

    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, SARAH (in 1765) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    g Blackstone, WILLIAM
    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, WILLIAM on (in 1769) in WALLINGFORD OXON
    Death: Death of Blackstone, WILLIAM (in 1814) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    h Blackstone, GEORGE
    Death: Death of Blackstone, GEORGE (in 1772) in WALLINGFORD OXON
    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, GEORGE (in 1772) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    i Blackstone, PHILIPPA

    Birth: Birth of Blackstone, PHILIPPA (in 1772) in WALLINGFORD OXON

    Sorry about the formatting! I’m descended from Mary.

    Posted by Dianne | November 6, 2011, 2:41 pm
  3. Is there a published genealogy of Sir William Blackstone’s family? It’s been over a decade since I worked on this line and even through LDS library, I did not find one. Many thanks for a response. Lynn

    Posted by lynn didier | February 28, 2012, 2:09 pm

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