Augustus Uthwatt, Baron Uthwatt

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Augustus Andrewes Uthwatt, Baron Uthwatt PC (25 April 1879 – 24 April 1949[1]) was an Australian-born British judge.


Born in Ballarat, Victoria, he was the son of Thomas Andrewes Uthwatt and his wife Annie Hazlitt.[2] He was educated at Ballarat College and the University of Melbourne where he resided at Trinity College. In his final year Law examinations, he received only second-class honours, but was still the best performing student, and was the recipient of the fourth-year scholarship.[3] He then proceeded to Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law, receiving the Vinerian Scholarship.[2] After his admission to Gray's Inn in 1901, he was called to the bar three years later and became a bencher in 1927.[4]


Uthwatt served as legal adviser to the Ministry of Food from 1915 until 1918 and became a member of the Council of Legal Education in 1929.[2] He was junior counsel to HM Treasury, the Board of Trade and the Attorney General for England and Wales in 1934.[2] Uthwatt was nominated a Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice in 1941 and subsequently created a Knight Bachelor.[4] On 9 January 1946, he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and received thereby additionally a life peerage with the title Baron Uthwatt, of Lathbury, in the County of Buckingham.[5] Following his appointment, he was sworn of the Privy Council in February of the same year.[4]


In 1927, he married Mary Baxter Bonhote.[2] Their marriage was childless.[2] Uthwatt died, aged 70, of a heart attack at his home in Sandwich, Kent.[6]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Who is Who 1947 (99th ed.). London: Adam & Charles Black. 1947. p. 2810. 
  3. ^ "University of Melbourne—Results", The Argus, 16 March 1901, p. 6.
  4. ^ a b c "Gray's Inn, Official Website - Lord Uthwatt". Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "No. 37429". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 January 1946. p. 415. 
  6. ^ "Sudden Death of Lord Uthwatt of Privy Council". The Canberra Times. 26 April 1949. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 

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