Raymond Evershed, 1st Baron Evershed

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Evershed
Raymond Evershed, 1st Baron Evershed.jpg
Master of the Rolls
In office
1 June 1949 – 19 April 1962
Preceded by The Lord Greene
Succeeded by The Lord Denning
Personal details
Born Francis Raymond Evershed
8 August 1899
Stapenhill, Burton upon Trent
Died 3 October 1966
St Andrews Hospital, Northampton
Nationality British
Spouse(s) (Cecily) Elizabeth Joan
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Profession Barrister, Judge

Francis Raymond Evershed, 1st Baron Evershed, PC (8 August 1899 – 3 October 1966) was British judge who served as Master of the Rolls, and subsequently became a Law Lord.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Evershed was the son of Frank Evershed, a brewer and sportsman, and his wife Florence Helen, daughter of Thomas Lowe. He was educated at Clifton College and Balliol College, Oxford. During the First World War he was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. In January 1923, he was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn.[2] He then practiced at the Chancery bar.

Legal and judicial career[edit]

Evershed was made a KC in 1933 and a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1938. He became a High Court Judge in 1944 when he was knighted, and Lord Justice of Appeal in 1947 when he was also made a Privy Counsellor. Between 1949 and 1962 he was Master of the Rolls and served as the UK Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in 1950.[2]

He was raised to the peerage as Baron Evershed, of Stapenhill in the County of Derby, on 20 January 1956.[3] In 1962 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was succeed as Master of the Rolls by Lord Denning.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Evershed married Cecily Elizabeth Joan, daughter of Sir Charles Alan Bennett, in 1928. The title became extinct on his death in October 1966, aged 67.[2]


  1. ^ ODNB article by Nicholls of Birkenhead, Evershed, (Francis) Raymond, Baron Evershed (1899–1966), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 27 March 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Francis Raymond Evershed, 1st and last Baron Evershed
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 40689. p. 419. 20 January 1956.
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Greene
Master of the Rolls
Succeeded by
The Lord Denning
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Evershed