Sir William Blackstone

(232 words)

Sir William Blackstone is remembered for his Commentaries on the Laws of England which became the most influential legal treatise in Britain and North America for at least a century from its publication in 1765-69.

Blackstone was born in 1722, the son of a merchant. His mother was one of the Biggs of Wiltshire and Hampshire, a wealthy gentry family, a scion of which would later propose marriage to and be accepted by Jane Austen. He was educated at Charterhouse and Pembroke College, Oxford, then entered legal training in the Middle Temple in London in 1741. His election as a fellow of All Souls, Oxford, in 1743 divided his time between practicing law and giving his popular series of lectures on English law to …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Clark, Robert. "Sir William Blackstone". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2007
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Blackstone's works

  1. Commentaries on the Laws of England