Lord (Francis) Bacon
Francis Bacon’s statue at Gray’s Inn, South Square, London
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“Bacon was generally neglected at court by Queen Elizabeth, but after the accession of King James I in 1603, Bacon was knighted. He was later created Baron Verulam in 1618 and Viscount St. Alban in 1621.”
“Bacon stated that he had three goals: to uncover truth, to serve his country, and to serve his church. He sought to further these ends by seeking a prestigious post. In 1580, through his uncle, Lord Burghley, he applied for a post at court that might enable him to pursue a life of learning, but his application failed. For two years he worked quietly at Gray’s Inn, until he was admitted as an outer barrister in 1582.
Source of text below: “A short book of Bad Judges” by Graeme Williams QC
“Patience and gravity of hearing is an essential part of justice: and on over-speaking judge is no well-tuned cymbal.” (quoted from The Essayes or Councels, Civill and Morall; Of Judicature” [3rd edition of 1625, Lord Francis Bacon])