Lightwood, John Mason

Barrister, born on 6 July 1852 at King's Norton, near Birmingham, the son of the Rev. Edward Lightfoot ( - 1852; e.m. 1841). He was educated at Kingswood School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1874 and became a fellow of the college. The same year he obtained a first in Mathematics at London University. He entered Lincoln's Inn the following year and taught for three years at Mill Hill School. Called to the bar in 1879, he had an outstanding legal career especially in real-property law and lived to become senior conveyancing counsel. He had a gift of lucid exposition of intricate legal issues and wrote extensively in this field. He was legal editor of the Law Journal, contributed to Halsbury's Laws of Englandand was involved in the editing of the second and third editions of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents. He died at Sanderstead, Surrey on 4 April 1947.

  • Times, 16 April 1947
  • Oxford DNB


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