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Richard Baggallay

Sir Richard Baggallay PC (1816 – 1888) was a British barrister followed by Conservative Member of Parliament for eight years during which he served in the government over a year as Attorney-General for England and Wales. He was then appointed judge of the Court of Appeal where after eight years of service he is noted to have last taken part in a major decision which was to have broad effect in 1884.

Sir Richard Baggallay

Sir Richard Baggallay, 1876.
Attorney-General for England and Wales
In office
20 April 1874 – 25 November 1875
Prime MinisterBenjamin Disraeli
Preceded bySir John Burgess Karslake
Succeeded bySir John Holker
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
1875 – on death
Serving with others (by convention decisions are made in panel)
Personal details
Born13 May 1816
Died13 November 1888 (1888-11-14) (aged 72)
Resting placeWest Norwood Cemetery
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Marianne Lacy
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge: Gonville and Caius
Baptism15 June 1816
Acting in the capacity of his judicial office, official title: Lord Justice Baggallay
Abbreviation: Baggallay LJ

Background and educationEdit

Baggallay was one of the sons of Richard Baggallay, of Stockwell, a member of the Merchant Taylors' Company and a significant warehouseman of the City of London (d.1870, will sworn at under £30,000).[1] He attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he graduated with a BA in 1839 followed by an MA in 1842.[2] He was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1843.

Political and legal careerEdit

Bagallay sat as a Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Hereford from 1865 to 1868.[3] He was knighted on 14 December 1868 after losing his seat, but was re-elected in 1870 as MP for Mid Surrey, holding the seat until 1875.[4] He served briefly as Solicitor-General under Benjamin Disraeli in 1868 and again in 1874, and as Attorney-General under Disraeli from 1874 to 1875. In 1875, he was sworn of the Privy Council[5] and appointed to the newly established Court of Appeal, where he served until his death in 1888.


Personal lifeEdit

He married, on 25 February 1847, Marianne, youngest daughter of Henry Charles Lacy of Withdean Hall, Sussex, by whom he left issue.[7]

In later years Baggallay suffered from poor health and died while convalescing at 10 Brunswick Square, Hove, Sussex. He was buried at South Metropolitan Cemetery at Norwood.


Aside from certain of his judicial co-decisions and occasional dissents which proved to be of long importance - decisions of the Court of Appeal have binding authority unless and until reshaped at that level, above or by statute - his probate was re-sworn in 1890 leaving assets of £65,491 (equivalent to about £7,100,000 in 2018).[1] He left executors as his widow at 55 Queens Gate, South Kensington and three sons, who lived at their houses in Elm Park Road, Chelsea and Onslow Square.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Calendar of Probates and Administrations
  2. ^ Rigg, James McMullen (1901). "Baggallay, Richard" . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 150, 467. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
  5. ^ "No. 24271". The London Gazette. 30 November 1875. p. 6033.
  6. ^ "Contract - General Principles - Remedies - Specific Performance and Injunctions - Specific Performance". The Laws of Australia. Thomson Reuters. 31 August 2006. pp. [7.9.1450].
  7. ^ Rigg 1901.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRigg, James McMullen (1901). "Baggallay, Richard". Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.


  • Obituary, The Times, 14 November 1888

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