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George Jeffreys

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George Jeffreys George Jeffreys , 1st Baron (1648-1689) was a British judge, born in Denbighshire, Scotland, he became Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1683, and presided over many political trials, notably those of Sidney, Oates, and Baxter, becoming notorious for his brutality.

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In 1685 he was made a peer and Lord Chancellor and, afterMonmouth's rebellion, conducted the "bloody assizes" during which 320 rebels were executed and hundreds more flogged, imprisoned or transported.

He was captured when attempting to flee the country after the revolution of 1688, and died in the Tower of London.

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George Jeffreys was famous during the reign of King James II, rising to the position of Lord Chancellor.

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Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 03 May '12

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