Andrew Bisset (barrister)

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Andrew Bisset (28 November 1801 in Montrose, Angus – 28 February 1891 Fortis Green, London), was a Scottish barrister and historical writer. His writing was an influence on Henry George, who cites Bisset’s Strength of Nations, in the notes to Progress and Poverty.[1]


He graduated B.A. from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1826.[2] He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1839.[3]

He was a researcher for Richard Cobden, probably from the early 1840s, preparing a report in 1845 on agricultural districts.[4][5] In the 1850s he worked for the Anti-Corn Law League; his father-in-law was T. P. Thompson, of the League. He had a commission to write on English history, particularly land law.[6] His later writings moved into Parliamentary history.


  • A Practical Treatise on the Law of Estates for Life (1842)
  • Memoirs and papers of Sir Andrew Mitchell, K. B. (1850) editor
  • On the Strength of Nations (1859)
  • Omitted Chapters of the History of England from the death of Charles I to the battle of Dunbar (1864)
  • History of the Commonwealth of England (1867), revised from Omitted Chapters
  • Essays on Historical Truth (1871)
  • The History of the Struggle for Parliamentary Government in England (1877)
  • A Short History of the English Parliament (1883) 2 vols.
  • Notes on the Anti-Corn Law Struggle (1884)

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  1. ^ Footnotes; George, Progress and Poverty: Library of Economics and Liberty
  2. ^ "Bisset, Andrew (BST821A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ The Carlyle Letters Online
  4. ^ Anthony Howe (editor), The Letters of Richard Cobden: Volume I: 1815-1847 (2008), note p. 50.
  5. ^ The National Archives | Access to Archives
  6. ^ Anthony Howe, Free Trade and Liberal England, 1846-1946 (1997), p. 6.

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