John Strange (English politician)
Sir John Strange
|Master of the Rolls|
11 January 1750 – 18 May 1754
|Nominated by||Lord Hardwicke|
|Preceded by||Sir William Fortescue|
|Succeeded by||Sir Thomas Clarke|
|Solicitor General for England and Wales|
28 January 1737 – December 1742
|Nominated by||Lord Hardwicke|
|Preceded by||Sir Dudley Ryder|
|Succeeded by||Sir William Murray|
|Died||18 May 1754(aged 57–58)|
|Children||2 sons & 9 daughters|
|Profession||Barrister, judge, politician|
Sir John Strange(1696 – 18 May 1754) was a British politician and judge.
He was born to another John Strange of Fleet Street, London and his second wife, Mary Plaistowe. He studied Law at the Middle Temple on 11 July 1712 before starting a pupillage at the chambers of Charles Salkeld, who trained (among others) Lord Hardwicke. He was called to the Bar on 27 October 1718.
In 1735 he bought the lease of Leyton Grange House in Leyton, then in Essex. In 1725 he represented Lord Macclesfield at his impeachment, and he was made a King's Counsel on 9 February 1736. The same year, he became a Bencher of Middle Temple.
He was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales on 28 January 1737, and was made a Member of Parliament for West Looe to allow him to take his position. After the death of the Master of the Rolls Joseph Jekyll on 19 August 1738, Strange was invited to succeed him, but declined the offer. He became Recorder of London in November 1739, and on 12 May 1740 he was knighted, along with Dudley Ryder, the Attorney General for England and Wales. He resigned as Member of Parliament for West Looe in 1741, but was reelected for Totnes in a by-election in 1742.
In December 1742 he resigned as Recorder of London and Solicitor General, claiming ill-health, and also limited his practice as a barrister to the Court of King's Bench. In 1750 Lord Hardwicke convinced him to become Master of the Rolls, and he took his position on 11 January. On 17 March he was made a Privy Councillor. He served as master of the Rolls for four years until his death on 18 May 1754. After his death, his son John Strange, who had inherited (and sold) Grange House, published his father's court reports. He was buried in the Rolls Chapel, as was his successor Sir Thomas Clarke. His epitaph is
- Foss (1870) p.636
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- "No. 7909". The London Gazette. 10 May 1740. p. 2.
- White (1892) p.450
- Epitaphiana: or, The curiosities of churchyard literature, being a miscellaneous collection of epitaphs with an introduction giving an account of various customs prevailing amongst the ancients and moderns in the disposal of their dead (1875) 262 (p132)
- Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1859 by Rupert Gunnis
|Wikisource has the text of the 1885–1900 Dictionary of National Biography's article about Strange, John (1696-1754).|
- Foss, Edward (1870). A Biographical Dictionary of the Justices of England (1066 - 1870). Spottiswoode and Company.
- White, William (1892). Notes and queries. Oxford University Press.