Alexander Meyrick Broadley

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Vanity Fair caricature, 1889

Alexander Meyrick Broadley (19 July 1847 – 16 April 1916) was a British historian, author, and barrister. He is best known for being the defense lawyer for Ahmed Orabi after the failure of the Urabi Revolt.

His father, also named Alexander, was vicar of Bradpole, in Dorset, England. He entered Lincoln's Inn as a law student in 1866 and was called to the bar in 1869. He lived in Tunis for a number of years and worked as a lawyer there within the French legal system. He later lived in Belgium for a time.

In later life he returned to Bradpole and built a large house called "The Knapp" (as of April 2014, it still exists and had been converted into a nursing home). He collected a large number of books, some of which he "grangerized" by adding additional illustrations, and also became a prolific author of books on historical topics.[1]

Never married, Broadley died on 16 April 1916 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.[2] In his will he left the sum of £8,506.[3]

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  1. ^ H. Diack Johnstone (1998). "Treasure Trove in Gloucester: A Grangerized Copy of the 1895 Edition of Daniel Lysons' History of the Three Choirs Festival". Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle (Royal Musical Association) (31): 1–90. JSTOR 25099462. 
  2. ^ "Death of Mr. A. M. Broadley". Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser. 19 April 1916. Retrieved 22 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Recent Wills". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 8 May 1916. Retrieved 22 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 

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