William Arrindell

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Sir William Arrindell CB (12 October 1796 – 27 December 1862)[1] was a British judge.[2]

Born in Tortola, the Virgin Islands, he was educated in England.[1] Arrindell worked as barrister in Georgetown[3] and in 1824, he defended John Smith in his trial.[4] Arrindell became Attorney-General of British Guiana in 1845[5] and was subsequently appointed Chief Justice of British Guiana in 1852.[6] He was created a Knight Bachelor in 1858 and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the same year.[7]

He died at Demerara, aged 66, from the consequences of a fall from a staircase.[4] His funeral procession stretched for half a mile and was the greatest British Guiana had seen so far.[4]


  1. ^ a b Sylvanus, Urban (1863). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: John Henry and James Parker. p. 527.
  2. ^ Haynes Smith, Hon. W. F. (1886). "Sir William Arrindell". West Indian Quarterly. J. Thomson.: 421. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ Peter Riviére, ed. (2006). The Guiana Travels of Robert Schomburgk, 1835-1844. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 237. ISBN 0-904180-86-7.
  4. ^ a b c The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter. vol. VII. London: Yates and Alexander. 1863. p. 266.
  5. ^ Bulletins and Other State Intelligence. Westminster: F. Watts. 1845. p. 147.
  6. ^ Dalton, Henry G. (2002). The History of British Guiana. vol. II. Adamant Media Corporation. p. 47. ISBN 1-4021-8865-X.
  7. ^ Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 94.
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Furlonge
Attorney-General of British Guiana
1845 – 1852
Succeeded by
Robert Rutledge Craig
Preceded by
Jeffery Hart Bent
Chief Justice of British Guiana
1852 – 1862
Succeeded by
Joseph Beaumont