Item 1968-004/001/(1)/71 - Letter written by Sir Frederick Pollock to William Leonard Courtney : p. 28v

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Letter written by Sir Frederick Pollock to William Leonard Courtney : p. 28v

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  • June 14 [19--?] (Creation)

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(10 December 1845 - 18 January 1937)

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Sir Frederick Pollock, 3rd Baronet PC (10 December 1845 - 18 January 1937) was an English jurist best known for his History of English Law before the Time of Edward I, written with F.W. Maitland, and his lifelong correspondence with US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Frederick Pollock was the eldest son of William Frederick Pollock, Master of the Court of Exchequer, and Juliet Creed, daughter of the Rev, Harry Creed. He was the grandson of Sir Frederick Pollock, 1st Baronet, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, the great-nephew of Field Marshal Sir George Pollock, 1st Baronet, and the first cousin of Ernest Pollock, 1st Viscount Hanworth, Master of the Rolls.

He was educated at Eton College, where he was a King's Scholar, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was elected Fellow in 1868 (later Honorable Fellow in 1920). In 1871 he was admitted to the Bar. He wrote a series of text books that took a new approach to the teaching of English Law including The Principles of Contract at Law and in Equity (1876) and The Law of Torts (1887). Rather than relying on specific applications of law these works emphasised underlying principles. They acted as models for future textbooks and helped modernise English legal education. Pollock taught at the University of Oxford (1883-1903), as Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence. He was Professor of Common Law in the Inns of Court (1884-1890). He was Editor of the Law Reports from 1895-1935. He was the first editor of the Law Quarterly Review which was founded in 1885. He was also, in 1894, the Chairman of The Society of Authors He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1911 (see List_of_Privy_Counsellors). He was elected Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn in 1931. On 13 Aug 1873 he married Georgina Harriet Deffell (died on 30 March 1935), a daughter of John Deffell. Their first child, daughter Alice Isabella was born on 15 Jun 1876. Pollock’s son, Frederick John Pollock (1878-1963), a noted historian, succeeded to the baronetcy.

For more information, see Wikipedia entry at:,_3rd_Baronet .

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