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Sir Anthony Hawke KC

Sir (John) Anthony Hawke by Walter Stoneman Copyright NPG

Sir John Anthony Hawke KC  was born 7 June 1869, one of twin boys born to Edward and Emily Hawke in Cornwall, both of whom went to Merchant Taylors’.

He was capped in the XV in both 1885-86 and 1886-87. He left merchant Taylors and went up to St John’s Colege Cambridge with a scholarship, taking a 1st in Law.

He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1891 and became a Member of the Bar Council 1908,  the Recorder of Plymouth in 1912 and took silk in 1913. He was appointed Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales from 1923 to 1928.

He was returned as the MP for St. Ives in 1922 as a Unionist. He resigned in 1928, was knighted and made a High Court Judge. Among the many cases he heard was the Christine Keeler perjury case that was part of the Profumo affair.

A clubbable man he was a member of the Carlton, Garrick, Devon and Exeter, and Royal Western Yacht clubs

He was Master of the Lodge in 1910 and Z of the Chapter in 1931.

He died on 30 October 1941.