Alderson, Lord Chief Justice Campbell, Justice Cresswell
From the Times Report of the Trial of William Palmer, published 1856
Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey from The Times Report
of the Trial of William Palmer published 1856.
Professor Albert Alderson, Director of Research, School of Computing,
Staffordshire University, approached us with the following additional
information from the ‘Alderson Family History Society’
Sir Edward Hall Alderson, Baron of the Exchequer, was christened
on the 25 Oct 1787 at the Old Meeting Gaol, Great Yarmouth. His
father was Robert Alderson (b. 1753, d. 01 Dec 1833), a Presbyterian
minister, who changed career to become a successful lawyer, and
was buried in Norwich Cathedral. His mother was Elizabeth Hurry
(b. 20 Apr 1751, d. 30 Jun 1791).
Hall Alderson was called to the Bar in 1811; had chambers in Symonds
Inn in 1822; became Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1830;
had chambers in Searjeants Inn in 1833; and was appointed Baron
of the Exchequer in 1834.
25 Oct 1823, he married Georgiana Drewe (b. 1791). The most famous
of their children was Georgina Charlotte Alderson (b. 1827 St.
Mary Magdalen, Paddington, d. 20 Nov 1889). She married Robert
Arther Talbot Gascoyne Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, who became
Prime Minister as Lord Salisbury. This was a love match; Salisbury
married her after some resistance from his family. They were blissfully
happy and Georgina was a brilliant hostess. She died on 20 Nov
1899 at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. Their son the Reverend
Frederick Cecil Alderson (b. 20 Apr 1836, Norwich, d. 3 Dec 1907,
Peterborough) was a Canon of Peterborough Cathedral and Chaplain
to HM Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.
well as trying the Palmer case, he tried a number of other high
profile cases and gave famous and long lasting judgements, including:
· In 1840, Edward Oxford was tried for High Treason, in
shooting at Queen Victoria while riding along Constitution Hill
with Prince Albert, and found insane. The trial took place at
the Central Criminal Court, on Thursday, the 9th of July, 1840,
before Lord Denman, Mr Baron Alderson and Mr Justice Patteson.
· In 1845, in the case of Turner v Mason, a maid, who against
her employer's express order left the house to visit her dying
mother, was held to be properly dismissed for misconduct. In the
robust manner of judges of the day, Baron Alderson said that the
pleadings did not even show that the mother was likely to die
that night and that it was most improper misconduct to leave the
· In 1856, Baron Alderson stated what has become the most
commonly accepted definition of negligence as:" the omission
to do something which a reasonable man, guided upon those considerations
that ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs, would do,
or something which a prudent or reasonable man would not do."
died in 1857 in London. His portrait (NPG D7313) by William Skelton,
after Henry Perronet Brigg’s line engraving, published 1832,
is in the National Portrait Gallery, but not currently on display.
the end of High Street, Lowestoft, just beyond the High Lighthouse,
is the entrance to the Sparrows' Nest, a picturesque thatched
house in pleasant grounds, now the property of the town. The house
was formerly the country residence of Baron Alderson, the father
of the late Marchioness of Salisbury. The grounds surrounding
it contain some fine trees growing on the crest and slope of the
old cliff-line on which a considerable portion of North Lowestoft
is built. Parts of the slope are covered with turf, as also, in
front of the house, is a pleasant expanse of level ground on which
open-air concerts are held during the season.