Stowell, William Scott, 1st Baron

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Stowell, William Scott, 1st Baron (1745–1836). Stowell began his life as an academic after gaining a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1761. He went on to become fellow and tutor at University College, Oxford, in 1765. After gaining his MA (1767) and BCL (1772) he became Camden reader in ancient history 1773–85. However, Stowell always desired to enter the law. In 1780 he joined Middle Temple and became a barrister working in the Admiralty and ecclesiastical courts. He served as MP for Oxford University 1801–21 and in the main opposed reform, but it was his legal career that had lasting influence. He served as a judge in the High Court of Admiralty from 1798 until 1828, and on many maritime points his judgments are still the only law. His younger brother was Lord Chancellor Eldon.

Richard A. Smith