William Banister (judge)

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Sir William Banister (died 1721) was a British judge.

Banister was a student of the Middle Temple, and received the coif in 1706. For a few years he was one of the judges of South Wales, and through the friendship of Lord Chancellor Harcourt was promoted in June 1713 to be a Baron of the Exchequer, when he was knighted. On the accession of George I, Lord Chancellor Cowper, in his proposals for reforming the judicial staff, advised the removal of Banister as being "a man not at all qualified for the place", and on 14 October 1714 he was accordingly removed. His public career and his private life appear to have been equally devoid of general interest. Turkdean in Gloucestershire "descended to him from his ancestors," and he possessed "a great estate in this and other places". He died at Turk Dean on 21 January 1720–1, and was buried in the parish church, where there is a memorial to him.


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