Robert Romer

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Vanity Fair caricature, 1891

Sir Robert Romer, GCB (23 December 1840 – 19 March 1918) was a British jurist. He was a High Court judge 1890-1899, and a Lord Justice of Appeal 1899-1906 when he was known as Lord Justice Romer.

Biography[edit]

Romer attended Trinity Hall at Cambridge University and was Senior Wrangler in 1863, and also won the Smith's Prize in that year. From 1865 to 1866, he was a professor of mathematics at Queen's College, Cork, but was called to the bar in 1867. He became QC in 1881, and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1884.

In 1890 he became an English High Court judge (Chancery Division), and served as such until 1899, when he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He resigned in 1906.

Romer was sworn a Privy Councillor in 1899, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the same year. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the New Year Honours list 1 January 1901,[1] and was invested by King Edward VII in February the same year.[2]

He was a member of the Royal Commission on South African Hospitals in 1901, during the Boer War.[3] He was a member of the Royal Commission on University Education in London in 1909.[4]

Family[edit]

In 1864 he married Betty Lemon, daughter of Mark Lemon, editor of Punch. Their son was Mark Romer, Baron Romer and their grandson was Sir Charles Robert Romer; both were also Lords Justice of Appeal.[5] Their daughter Helen Mary married future Lord Chancellor Frederic Maugham.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 27264. p. 157. 8 January 1901. Retrieved 11-10-2012.
  2. ^ "Court Circular" The Times (London). Thursday, 14 February 1901. (36378), p. 6.
  3. ^ "The Royal Commission on South African Hospitals". PMC 2400194. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Carlyle Parkinson, M.D. (Sydney)". PMC 2318341. 
  5. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/index1769.htm

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