More, Sir Francis

, son of Edward More, gent, by Elizabeth his wife, daughter and heir of one Hall,


Walpole’s Anecdotes. Pilkington, by Fuseli. —Rees’s Cyclopædia,

| of Tilehurst in Berkshire, was born at East Hildesly, in that county, in 1558. He svas admitted of St. John’s college, Oxford, whence he removed to the Middle Temple, where he made a very considerable proficiency, and became a person of eminence in his profession, both for his knowledge and integrity. He died Nov. 20, 1621, and was buried at Great Fawley, near Wantage in Berkshire. His works are, 4< Cases collected and reported,“London, 1663, in folio. They were afterwards abridged by Mr. Hughes, and printed in 1665, 8vo. His reading upon 4 Jac. I. in the Middle Temple, concerning charitable uses, as abridged by himself, was published in 1676, folio, by Mr. Duke, of the Inner Temple. Sir Francis More was a member of that parliament which passed the statutes for charitable uses; and, it is said, the bill, as it passed, was penned by him. In sir Francis’s reports, the reader may see the famous case of the Post Nati, argued before the Lords and Commons in the painted chamber, and the resolution of all the reverend judges upon the same. A ms. of his, consisting of reports of cases principally agreeing with those in print, but with a greater number of references to authorities, is in the hands of Mr. Brooke, compiler of the” Bibliotheca Legum Anglian." 1

Ath. Ox. vol. I. Bridgman’s Legal Bibliography.