Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dowling, Alfred Septimus

DOWLING, ALFRED SEPTIMUS (1805–1868), law reporter, brother of Sir James Dowling [q. v.], was called to the bar at Gray's Inn 18 June 1828, and became a special pleader in the common law courts, and also went the home circuit. He was admitted a member of Serjeants' Inn 12 Nov. 1842, and made a judge of county courts, circuit No. 15, Yorkshire, by Lord-chancellor Cottenham, on 9 Nov. 1849. On 20 Aug. 1853 he was gazetted one of the commissioners for inquiring into the state and practice of the county courts. He died of an internal cancer at his residence, 34 Acacia Road, St. John's Wood, London, 3 March 1868, aged 63. His widow, Bertha Eliza, died 25 March 1880, aged 67.

He was the author of the following works: 1. ‘A Collection of Statutes passed 11 George IV and 1 William IV,’ 1830–2, 2 vols. 2. ‘A Collection of Statutes passed 2 William IV and 3 William IV,’ 1833. 3. ‘Reports of Cases in the King's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer,’ 1833–8, 9 vols. 4. ‘Reports of Cases in Continuation of the above, by A. Dowling and Vincent Dowling,’ 1843–4, 2 vols. 5. ‘Reports of Cases in Continuation of the above, by A. S. Dowling and John James Lowndes,’ 1845–51, 7 vols. On some of the title-pages only the name A. Dowling is found.

[Gent. Mag. April 1868, p. 547; Solicitors Journal, 14 March 1868, p. 410.]

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