Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins

(1762 – 1841)

Biography of Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins

Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (1762–1841) was an English legal writer.

Born in London on 4 January 1762, he was the eldest son of Thomas Tomlins (d. 1815), solicitor and clerk to the Company of Painter-Stainers, descended from the family of Tomlins in the neighbourhood of Ledbury in Herefordshire and of Hereford. Thomas Edlyne was admitted a scholar at St Paul's School, London on 21 September 1769. He matriculated at The Queen's College, Oxford, on 27 October 1778, and was called to the bar by the society of the Inner Temple in the Hilary term of 1783.

For some years Tomlins was editor of the St. James's Chronicle, a daily newspaper, and on 30 May 1801 he was appointed counsel to the chief secretary for Ireland. In the same year he became parliamentary counsel to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland, a post which he retained until the union of the British and Irish treasuries in 1816. He was knighted at Wanstead House on 29 June 1814, on the recommendation of the Duke of Wellington, and in 1818 was appointed assistant counsel to the treasury. In Hilary term 1823 he was elected a bencher of the Inner Temple, and in 1827 he filled the office of treasurer to the society. In January 1831, on the Whigs coming into office, he retired from his post in the treasury.

Tomlins died on 1 July 1841 at St. Mary Castlegate, York.

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