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Sir Edmund Anderson

(1530?-1605), Lord Chief Justice

Sitter in 6 portraits
Anderson entered the Inner Temple in June 1550. In 1577, having already acquired a substantial legal practice, he was made a judge, becoming Queen's Sergeant in 1578. In 1581 he was appointed as a judge on the Norfolk criminal circuit. During that year he tried and convicted the Catholic Edmund Campion and others charged with conspiring to dethrone Queen Elizabeth I. Following this success, in 1582 he was made Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, an office he held until his death. As Chief Justice he played a prominent part in some of the leading political trials of Elizabeth's reign including the proceedings against Mary, Queen of Scots and Sir Walter Ralegh.

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Sir Edmund Anderson, circle of George Perfect Harding, after  Unknown artist - NPG 456

Sir Edmund Anderson

circle of George Perfect Harding, after Unknown artist
watercolour, first half of 19th century, based on a work of 1590s
NPG 456

Sir Edmund Anderson, by William Faithorne - NPG D22627

Sir Edmund Anderson

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1664
NPG D22627

Sir Edmund Anderson, by William Faithorne - NPG D25375

Sir Edmund Anderson

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1664
NPG D25375

Sir Edmund Anderson, by William Faithorne - NPG D46097

Sir Edmund Anderson

by William Faithorne
line engraving, circa 1664
NPG D46097

Sir Edmund Anderson, by William Faithorne - NPG D46098

Sir Edmund Anderson

by William Faithorne
line engraving, circa 1664
NPG D46098


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