Herbert Broom

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Herbert Broom (1815–1882) was an English writer on law.


Broom was born at Kidderminster in 1815, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a wrangler in 1837.[1] He proceeded LL.D. in 1864. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in Michaelmas term 1840, and practised on the home circuit. For a considerable period he occupied the post of reader of common law at the Inner Temple. He died at the Priory, Orpington, Kent, on 2 May 1882.

Legal Maxims (1845) gained wide circulation as an established text-book for students.


Law books
  • Practical Rules for determining Parties to Actions, 1843.[2]
  • Legal Maxims, 1845. third edition, 1858[3] Fifth edition, 1870.
  • Practice of Superior Courts, 1850.
  • Practice of County Courts, 1852.
  • Commentaries on the Common Law, 1856. fourth London edition 1873[4]
  • Constitutional Law viewed in relation to Common Law and exemplified by Cases, 1st edition 1866; 2nd edition 1885.[5]
  • Commentaries on the Laws of England (with E. Hadley), 1869.[6]
  • Philosophy of Law; Notes of Lectures, 1876-8.[7]
  • The Missing Will, 1877
  • The Unjust Steward, 1879


  1. ^ "Broom, Herbert (BRN832H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Broom, Herbert (1847). Practical Rules for Determining Parties to Actions: Digested and Arranged, with Cases. T. & J. W. Johnson. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Broom, Herbert (1858). A Selection of Legal Maxims, classified and illustrated. William Maxwell. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Broom, Herbert (1873). Commentaries on the Common Law: Designed as Introductory to Its Study. T. & J.W. Johnson. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Broom, Herbert; Denman, George Lewis (1885). Constitutional Law Viewed in Relation to Common Law: And Exemplified by Cases. W. Maxwell & son. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Broom, Herbert; Hadley, Edward Alfred; Blackstone, Sir William (1875). Commentaries on the Laws of England. John D. Parsons, Jr. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Broom, Herbert (1876). The Philosophy of Law: Being Notes of Lectures Delivered During Twenty-three Years (1852-1875) in the Inner Temple Hall, London. Baker, Voorhis & Company. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 

 "Broom, Herbert". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.