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Encyclopedia > John Charles Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey

John Charles Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey (August 3, 1840 - September 3, 1929) was a British jurist. He is notable for heading the official Board of Trade inquiries into the sinking of steamships, most notably the RMS Titanic, the RMS Lusitania, and the Empress of Ireland. August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Board of Trade is a committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, originating as a committee of inquiry in the 17th century and evolving gradually into a government department with a diverse range of functions. ... Paddle steamers - Lucerne-Switzerland Left: original paddlewheel from a paddle steamer on the lake of Lucerne. ... The New York Herald reports the disaster. ... RMS Mauretania, the Lusitanias sister ship The RMS Lusitania was an ocean liner of the British Cunard Steamship Lines. ... The RMS Empress of Ireland was a steamship owned by Canadian Pacific that sailed between Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and Liverpool, United Kingdom. ...


Bigham was born in Liverpool, the son of a merchant. He studed law at London University, then travelled to Berlin and Paris to continue his education. Called to the bar in 1870 by the Middle Temple, he practiced commercial law in and around his hometown. In 1883, Bigham was named a Queen's Counsel. Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Northwest England. ... Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administration offices and its library The University of London, founded in 1836, is a federation of colleges which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court around the Royal Courts of Justice in London. ... 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Queens Counsel (postnominal QC), during the reign of a male Sovereign known as Kings Counsel (KC), are barristers or, in Scotland, advocates appointed by letters patent to be one of Her Majestys Counsel learned in the law. They do not constitute a separate order or degree of...


In 1885, Bigham tried his hand at politics, running as a candidate for Parliament from Toxteth, but lost. He was defeated again in 1892, this time running from the constituency of the Liverpool Exchange. He was finally elected on his third attempt in 1895; this time, however, he ran as a Liberal Unionist. However, he was never able to make much of a political impact, and his interest in politics was not much to begin with. 1885 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... An aerial view of Parliament of India at New Delhi. ... Map sources for Toxteth at grid reference SJ355885 Huskisson Street, Liverpool Toxteth is an area of inner-city Liverpool, England, starting approximately a mile south from the city centre. ... 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1895 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... This article is part of or related to the Liberalism series Categories: Politics stubs | Liberal related stubs | UK political parties | Historical liberal parties ...


In 1895, Bigham was named a judge to the Queen's Bench while continuing his work in business law. He presided over the railway and canal commission of 1904, worked in the bankruptcy courts, and reviewed courts-martial sentences handed down during the Boer War. He joined the Probate, divorce and Admirality division in 1909, but found the work unfulfilling and retired in 1910. 1895 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... One of the ancient courts of England, the Kings Bench (or Queens Bench when the monarch is female) is now a division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ... Boer guerrillas during the Second Boer War There were two Boer wars, one from December 16, 1880-March 23, 1881 and the second from October 11, 1899-May 31, 1902 both between the British and the settlers of Dutch, French and German origin (called Boers, Afrikaners or Voortrekkers) in South... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


Two years later, Bigham received his greatest fame when he was appointed by Robert Reid, 1st Earl Loreburn, the Lord Chancellor, to head the inquiry commission into the sinking of the RMS Titanic. However, he received criticism for his oversight of this inquiry, as some felt he was biased towards the Board of Trade and the major shipping concerns, and cared less about finding out why the ship sank. In 1913, he presided over the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, and added three more maritime inquiries to his resumé with his heading of the inquiries into the sinkings of the Empress of Ireland (held in Canada in 1914) and the Falaba and Lusitania in 1915. Robert Threshie Reid, 1st Earl Loreburn (3 April 1846–30 November 1923) was a Liberal politician in the United Kingdom. ... The Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, or Lord Chancellor and in former times Chancellor of England, is one of the most senior and important functionaries in the government of the United Kingdom. ... 1913 (MCMXIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is the most important treaty protecting the safety of merchant ships. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1910, Bigham had been raised to the peerage as Baron Mersey of Toxteth. He was created a viscount in 1916. In his later years, Bigham was beset by deafness, but continued to work actively. He died at Littlehampton in Sussex on September 3, 1929. 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A viscount is a member of the European nobility, especially, as in the British peerage, ranking above a baron, below a (British) earl or (his continental equivalent) count. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... Map sources for Littlehampton at grid reference TQ1731 Littlehampton is a town in the county of West Sussex on the south coast of England. ... Sussex is a traditional county in south-eastern England, corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


 
 

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