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Thomas Chisholm Anstey (1816–1873)

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Thomas Anstey, n.d

Thomas Anstey, n.d

Thomas Chisholm Anstey, barrister-at-law, second son of Thomas Anstey, of Tasmania, born in London, in 1816, and educated at University College, London, was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1839. He became an early contributor to the Dublin Review, the Law Magazine, &c, and took an active part in all political measures affecting the interests of the Roman Catholic body, of which he was a member. In 1848 be published "British Catholics and the New Parliament," followed by "A Guide to the Laws affecting Roman Catholics," "A Letter to Lord Cottenham on Petitions of Right," a "Guide to the History of the Laws and Constitution of England, in Six Lectures," &c. In 1847-52 he represented the Irish borough of Youghal on liberal principles, and held the Attorney-Generalship at Hong-Kong from 1854 to 1858, when he resigned, owing to differences with the governor and law officers of the colony, and returned to England. Since then he has practised for some years at the Bombay Bar, and for a short period he was acting Judge of the High Court of that Presidency. On his return to England he was appointed a Revising Barrister in 1868, but subsequently went back to India, where he died.

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Thomas Anstey, n.d

Thomas Anstey, n.d

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17 January, 1816
London, Middlesex, England


12 August, 1873 (aged 57)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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