Charles Law (British politician)

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The Honourable Charles Ewan Law QC (14 June 1792 – 13 August 1850), was a judge and Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Background and education[edit]

Charles Ewan Law
by Francis William Wilkin

Law was the second son of Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, by Anne, daughter of Captain George Philip Towry, of Shipley, Northumberland. Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough, was his elder brother.[1] He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1812.[2]

Legal and political career[edit]

Law was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Cambridge University in 1835, a seat he held until his death in 1850.[1][3] He was also a Recorder of London and a Queen's Counsel.[1]

Family[edit]

Law married Elizabeth Sophia (1789–1864), daughter of Sir Edward Nightingale, 10th Baronet, first on 8 May 1811 at Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, Scotland and again on 22 May 1811.[4] They had ten children:

  • Anne Law (21 January 1815 – 17 February 1837)
  • Mary Law (20 January 1816 – 23 April 1888), married John Browne, 3rd Baron Kilmaine
  • Elizabeth Sophia Law (7 October 1817 – 5 December 1888), first abbess of the Poor Clares at Drumshanbo
  • Edward Law (26 February 1819 – 1 July 1838)
  • Charles Towry-Law, 3rd Baron Ellenborough (1820–1890)
  • Selina Law (29 November 1822 – 12 July 1838)
  • Frederica Law (19 September 1824 – 15 November 1889, married first Edmund Law (d. 1867) and second Henri Grève, had issue
  • Emily Octavia Law (29 November 1825 – 28 September 1845)
  • Gertrude Catherine Law (28 December 1828 – 22 June 1848)
  • Henry Towry-Law (26 August 1830 – 7 November 1855)

Law died in August 1850, aged 58. His wife survived him by 14 years and died in June 1864.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Goulburn
Charles Manners-Sutton
Member of Parliament for Cambridge University
1835–1850
With: Henry Goulburn
Succeeded by
Henry Goulburn
Loftus Wigram