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Sir John Bankes - Keswick, Cumbria, UK
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N 54° 36.174 W 003° 07.991
30U E 491396 N 6050612
Quick Description: This bust of Sir John Bankes is in the well maintained Fitz Park, Keswick.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 12:15:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM553G
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
Views: 4

Long Description:
The inscription on the marble plinth below the bust reads:

IN HONOUR OF SIR JOHN BANKES A NATIVE AND BENEFACTOR OF THIS TOWN, BORN AT CASTLERIGG, 1589 ; Attorney General, 1634 and Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, 1640; died, Oxford, 1644


Sir John Bankes (1589–28 December 1644) was Attorney General and Chief Justice to King Charles I of England during the English Civil War. He was born and raised in CASTLERIGG on the outskirts of Keswick.

He became one of the most prominent members of the Bankes family. The family later moved to Corfe Castle in Dorset. His family seat was destroyed during a long siege, in which his wife became known as Brave Dame Mary.

Sir John was admitted a commoner of Queens College, Oxford, in 1604, at 15 years of age, but left the university before he took a degree, and settled in Gray's Inn, where he distinguished himself by his uncommon application to the study of the law, in which he acquired great eminence and reputation. He was Lent reader and treasurer to that society, and received the honour of knighthood. He was also appointed attorney to Prince Charles. In September 1634 he became attorney-general to the King, which situation he held during the litigation of Mr. Hampden's famous cause of ship money; and his argument upon that great question is still extant.

In January 1640 he was made Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and afterwards followed his majesty from Westminster to York; having left his lady Mary Bankes to defend Corfe Castle, which she did with great courage, until it was betrayed into the hands of the rebels. His name is signed to the engagement with the lords at York, in June 1642. In the same year he was sworn of the privy council, and the degree of LL.D. conferred upon him at Oxford, where he died on 28 December 1644, aged 55, and was buried in the cathedral of Christ Church, where is a monument to his memory. In 1644, he was at first mentioned in the list of those persons meant to be excepted out of the general pardon; his name was afterwards struck out of that list, but he was notwithstanding impeached of high treason. His estates and property however passed to his eldest son Sir Ralph Bankes, who became an MP and built the estate of Kingston Lacy.

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