John Exton

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The maritime dicaeologie, 1746.

John Exton (c. 1600 – c. 1665) was an English admiralty lawyer.


Exton was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he proceeded B.A. 1619-30, M.A. 1623, LL.D. 1634.[1] In 1649 he was appointed by the parliament judge of the court of admiralty, and in this office he was confirmed and reappointed by the Duke of York after the Restoration. Exton died about 1665.


Exton wrote The Maritime Dicæologie, or Sea Jurisdiction of England, set forth in three several books, 1664; 2nd ed. 1755. It was written chiefly to maintain the jurisdiction of his court.


He was married, and had a family. A son Thomas Exton was also known as a lawyer. John Exton, perhaps an older son, entered Merchant Taylors' School on 11 September 1628.


  1. ^ "Exton, John (EKSN617J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Exton, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.