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Frederick Pollock, 1845-1937

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1845.12.10
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1937.01.18
Place of Death: London


Sir Frederick Pollock, the third baronet, was a jurist. He was the eldest son of Sir William Frederick Pollock, the second baronet, who was the Queen's Remembrancer, and Juliet, the daughter of Henry Creed, the vicar of Corse, Gloucestershire. In 1873 he married Georgina Harriet (d. 1935), the younger daughter of John Deffell, an East India merchant from Calcutta. They had a son, Frederick John, who became a historian and author, and a daughter.


Pollock was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1871 he was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn. He published many influential books on law including Principles of Contract at Law and in Equity (1876), The Law of Torts (1887), Introduction to the History of the Science of Politics (1890), First Book of Jurisprudence for Students of the Common Law (1896). In 1883 he became Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford. He was Professor of Common Law in the Inns of Court from 1884 to 1890. From 1885 to 1919 he was editor of the Law Quarterly Review. He was involved with several Royal commissions, and had many Honorary degrees conferred upon him. In 1911 he was sworn of the Privy Council.

Pollock's interests extended to philosophy, fencing, travelling, languages, art and music. In 1880 he wrote a life of Spinoza. He also composed verses in Latin, Greek, French, German and Italian. He became the Chairman of the Society of Authors: he was on the Council in 1887 when JW was offered the Vice-Presidency and was still on it in 1893. His non-legal publications include The Etchingham Letters (1899), Outside the Law (1927) and For my Grandson: Remembrances of an Ancient Victorian (1933).


British Library Catalogue; Wright, 'Sir Frederick Pollock', 1949, Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford, 1997 (accessed 19 November 2003).