1922 Encyclopædia Britannica/Parker of Waddington, Robert John Parker, Baron

1922 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 32
Parker of Waddington, Robert John Parker, Baron

PARKER OF WADDINGTON, ROBERT JOHN PARKER, Baron (1857–1918), English lawyer and lord of appeal, was born at Claxby Rectory, Alford, Lines., Feb. 25 1857. He was educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge, where he took his degree in 1880. In 1883 he was called to the bar and built up a large and important connexion, largely dealing with Government work. In 1900 he was appointed junior counsel to the Treasury, and was raised to the bench in 1906. As a judge he earned a high reputation for great shrewdness and learning, and in 1913 was made a lord of appeal in ordinary, being at the same time given a life peerage over the heads of the five sitting lords justices. In 1916 a special second division of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was constituted for dealing with Prize Court appeals, and over this Lord Parker presided until within a short time of his death at Haslemere July 12 1918.