|The Right Honourable
Sir William Bovill
Bovill in 1872
|Chief Justice of the Common Pleas|
26 May 1814|
|Died||1 November 1873
Kingston upon Thames
On leaving school, Bovill did not go to university but was articled to a firm of solicitors. He entered the Middle Temple and practised for a short time as a special pleader below the bar. He was called to the bar in 1841 and joined the home circuit. His special training in a solicitor's office, and its resulting connection, combined with a thorough knowledge of the details of engineering, acquired through his interest in a manufacturing firm in the east end of London, soon brought him a very extensive patent and commercial practice.
Bovill became a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1855, and on 28 March 1857 was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Guildford. In the House of Commons, he was very zealous for legal reform, and the Partnership Law Amendment Act 1865, which he helped to pass, is always referred to as Bovill's Act. In 1866, he was appointed Solicitor General, an office which he vacated on becoming Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in succession to Sir William Erle in November of the same year.
Bovill had married, in 1844, Maria Bolton, eldest daughter of John Henry Bolton of Lee Park, Blackheath. They lived firstly in London and then moved to Worplesdon, where they made their home at Worplesdon Lodge (later renamed Worplesdon Place). One of his sons, Elliot Bovill became Chief Justice of Cyprus and the Straits Settlement.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bovill, Sir William". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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- Hamilton, John Andrew (1886). "Bovill, William". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 6. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 38–39.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir William Bovill
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Ross Donnelly Mangles
|Member of Parliament for Guildford
With: Ross Donnelly Mangles to 1858
Guildford Onslow from 1858
Sir Robert Collier
Sir John Burgess Karslake
Sir William Erle
|Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
The Lord Coleridge