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Robert Lush, 1807-1881

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1807.10.25
Place of Birth: 60 Avenue Road, Regent's Park, London
Date of Death: 1881.12.27
Place of Death: Shaftesbury


Sir Robert Lush was Lord Justice. He was the eldest son of Robert Lush of Shaftesbury, Dorset, and Lucy, the daughter of Joseph Foote of Tollard, Wiltshire. In 1839 he married Elizabeth Anne Wollacott, the daughter of Rev. Christopher Woollacot. They had several children, including Judge Herbert W. Lush-Wilson, K.C., and Charles Montague Lush, K.C.


In 1836 Lush became a student at Gray's Inn, and in 1838 he published an edition of The Act for the Abolition of Arrest on Mesne Process, 1 & 2 Vict. c. 110. In 1840 he published The Practice of the Superior Courts of Common Law at Westminster in Actions and Proceedings over which they have a common Jurisdiction, and was called to the Bar. In 1857 he became a Queen's Counsel and a Bencher of Gray's Inn. He edited the Common-Law section of Chitty's General Practice of the Law in 1842. In 1865 he was appointed a Judge. He was a member of the Judicature Commission and of the Commission on the Penal Code in 1878, and of the Privy Council in 1879. In October 1880 he became Lord Justice in the Court of Appeal.

Lush was involved in the Whistler v. Ruskin libel case and the Nightingale v. Whistler case in 1878.


J. A. H., 'Sir Robert Lush', 1893, Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford, 1997 (accessed 20 October 2003).