Joseph Arnould

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Sir Joseph Arnould (12 November 1813 – 16 February 1886)[1] was a British judge in India and writer.


Born at Camberwell, he was the only son of Dr. Joseph Arnould and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Baily.[1] He was the great uncle of the actor, Laurence Olivier. He was educated at Charterhouse School[2] and then Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1836.[3] Five years later, Arnould was called to the bar by the Middle Temple.[3] For some time he wrote articles for the Daily News (UK) and in 1848 he published his first book.[1] Arnould was appointed puisne judge at the Supreme Court of Judicature at Bombay in 1859, whereas he was created a Knight Bachelor.[3] In 1862, as the Bombay High Court was inaugurated, he became one of its first judges.[4] Arnould presided in the Khoja Case in 1866[5] and retired three years later.[1]

A close friend of the poet Robert Browning, he won himself the Newdigate Prize, awarded by the University of Oxford in 1834.[6] During his time with the Middle Temple, Arnould befriended also and shared rooms with Alfred Domett.[7] In January 1841, he married Maria, daughter of H. G. Ridgway. She died in 1859 and Arnould married a second time in the following year.[1] Arnould lived at White Cross House in Winterbrook, near Wallingford in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). During his retirement, he moved to Italy and died at Florence on 16 November 1886.[2]

The Arnould Scholarship at the University of Bombay was named in his honour.[2]


He was married twice: first, in 1841, to Maria, eldest daughter of H. G. Ridgeway; and, secondly, in 1860, to Ann Pitcairn, daughter of Major Carnegie, C.B.[8]


  • Law of Marine Insurance (1848)
  • The Judgement in the Khoja Case (1866)
  • Memoir of Thomas, First Lord Denman, Formerly Lord Chief Justice of England (1873)


  1. ^ a b c d e Frederic G. Kenyon, ed. (1906). Robert Browning and Alfred Domett. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 21–27. 
  2. ^ a b c Hutchinson, John (2003). A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars. Clark, New Jersey: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. p. 6. ISBN 1-58477-323-5. 
  3. ^ a b c Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 93. 
  4. ^ "Bombay High Court, Official Website - Judges". Retrieved 3 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Daftary, Farhad (2001). Mediaeval Isma'ili History and Thought. Cambridge University Press. p. 277. ISBN 0-521-00310-5. 
  6. ^ Boyd Litzinger, Donald Smalley (1995). Richard Browning: The Critical Heritage. Routledge. p. 93. ISBN 0-415-13451-X. 
  7. ^ Valentine Cunninghame, ed. (2000). The Victorians: An Anthology of Poetry & Poetics. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 313. ISBN 0-631-19916-0. 
  8. ^ Rae 1901.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRae, William Fraser (1901). "Arnould, Joseph". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co.