Shield was the son of John Shield of Stotes Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne and his wife Catherine Barnett, daughter of R Barnett of Westmeath. He was educated at the Grange School, Bishopswearmouth and King Edward's School, Birmingham. He was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1850, but migrated to Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1857 he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for legal studies and became a Fellow of the college and Senior Bursar. He was admitted at Gray's Inn in 1854 and was called to the bar on 26 January 1860. He went on the North-Eastern Circuit and became a Bencher of his Inn in 1880 and a Queen's Counsel in 1881.
Shield died, unmarried at the age of 72.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
- "Shield, Hugh (SHLT850H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Hugh Shield
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1880 – 1885
With: William Fowler
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