Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameHenry BICKERSTETH 1st Baron Langdale KC PC
Birth1783
Death1851
FatherHenry BICKERSTETH (1750-1821)
MotherElizabeth BATTY (1758-1832)
Marriage1835
SpouseLady Jane Elizabeth HARLEY
Death1872
Children
Birth1836
Death1870
Notes for Henry BICKERSTETH 1st Baron Langdale KC PC
Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale KC, PC (18 June 1783 – 18 April 1851) was an English law reformer and Master of the Rolls.

He was born on 18 June 1783 at Kirkby Lonsdale, three years before his brother Edward Bickersteth. He graduated senior wrangler from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1808 and after training as a physician like his father, he turned to law and was called to the Bar in 1811.

He became a King's Counsel in 1827, and 1836 brought him membership of the Privy Council, appointment as Master of the Rolls and a peerage, which he accepted on condition that he could concentrate on law reform and remain politically independent.

He was determined that the government should provide an adequate Public Record Office and became known as the "father of record reform". As Master of the Rolls he was in effect Keeper of The Public Records. After the Public Records Act of 1838, he and his Deputy Keeper, Francis Palgrave, the full-time working head of the office, started to organise the transfer of state papers from the Tower of London, the chapter house of Westminster Abbey and elsewhere, to one single location.

He and his wife Lady Jane Elizabeth Harley, daughter of his patron the Earl of Oxford, had one daughter.
In 1850 ill health forced him to turn down the chance to become Lord Chancellor and he died the following year, on 18 April 1851, at Tunbridge Wells.
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