31 Jul 2011, 12:07 p.m. - Patricia Oliver

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 ...

31 Dec 2013, 6:07 p.m. - Bill

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.

14 Dec 2020, 5:09 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

As a Baron of the Exchequer in 1667, Sir Richard Rainsford was one of 22 Fire Court judges, responsible for sorting out the legal entanglements for the rebuilding of London. after the Great Fire of 1666. His reputation for being fair about land settlements came from a year in Ireland working on fair judgments there. The Fire Court process lasted 10 years, and the judges -- to their great credit -- refused all fees. Because of their work, London was largely rebuilt in that time. For more info., see https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1666/11/05/#c551120 for the Fire Courts, and his Parliamentary bio at https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1660-1690/member/rainsford-%28raynsford%29-richard-i-1605-80


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