Scarce one page legal document on vellum signed and drafted by Heneage Finch on Jan 10 th 1674.
Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, PC (23 December 1621–1682), Lord Chancellor of England, was descended from the old family of Finch, many of whose members had attained high legal eminence, and was the eldest son of Sir Heneage Finch, recorder of London, by his first wife Frances, daughter of Sir Edmond Bell of Beaupre Hall, Norfolk.
In the register of Oxford University he is entered as born in Kent, and probably his native place was Eastwell in that county. He was educated at Westminster and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he remained until he became a member of the Inner Temple in 1638. He was called to the bar in 1645, and soon obtained a lucrative practice.
He married Elizabeth Harvey, daughter of William Harvey, 30 July 1646. He was a member of the Convention Parliament of April 1660, and shortly afterwards was appointed Solicitor General, being created a baronet the day after he was knighted. In May of the following year he was chosen to represent the University of Oxford in Parliament, and in 1665 the university created him a D.C.L. In 1670 he became Attorney General, and in 1675 Lord Chancellor. He was created Baron Finch in January 1673 and Earl of Nottingham in May 1681.
He died in Great Queen Street, London one year later, and was buried in the church of Ravenstone in Bucks. His son Daniel inherited his earldom, and would later also inherit the Earldom of Winchelsea.
His contemporaries of both sides of politics agree in their high estimate of his integrity, moderation and eloquence, while his abilities as a lawyer are sufficiently attested by the fact that he is still spoken of as the father of equity. His most important contribution to the statute book is The Statute of Frauds. While attorney-general he superintended the edition of Sir Henry Hobart's Reports (1671). He also published Several Speeches and Discourses in the Tryal of the Judges of King Charles 1. (1660); Speeches to both Houses of Parliament (1679); Speech at the Sentence of Viscount Stafford (1680). He left Chancery Reports in MS., and notes on Coke's Institutes.
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