Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sir Richard Rainsford's grandfather is a direct descendant of my late husband,John Rainsford Walrond OLIVER .
I have an engraving of Sir Richard : someone in a previous generation obviously thought there was a dirct link to the Lord Chief Justice to Charles II ...
Sir Richard Rainsford, who was but a secondary character in his profession, had the disadvantage of succeding a man who was confessedly at the head of it. His merit, eclipsed by the superior lustre of his predecessor, appeared to be much less than it was in reality. He was as much above sir William Scroggs, his successor, in point of integrity, as he was below sir Matthew Hale in point of learning.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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