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  • Maj-Gen William Jephson, MP (c.1647 - 1691)
    Family and Education b. c.1647, 2nd s. of William Jephson (d.1658) of Froyle, Hants by Alice, da. and coh. of Sir John Dynham of Boarstall. educ. M. Temple 1665, called 1673, m. by 1674, his cos. Mary,...
  • Nicholas Adams, MP (c.1521 - bef.1584)
    Family and Education b. by 1521, 1st s. of John Adams of Venn, Devon by Catherine, da. and h. of John Stebbing alias Bodrugan of Dartmouth. educ. M. Temple. m. (1) Cecily (bur. 12 May 1576), da. of S...
  • Sir John Culpeper, of Astwood (1565 - 1635)
    Second surviving son of his generation, he makes his first appearance on the existing record as 'my brother John Colepipir's son, my godson,' in the 1581 will of his maternal uncle, John Sidley of Sout...
  • Francis Scobell, MP (bef.1664 - 1740)
    Family and Education bap. 24 Aug. 1664, 1st s. of Richard Scobell of Polruddan, Cornw. by Barbara, da. and h. of Henry Carlyon of Menaguins. educ. M. Temple 1681, called 1688. m. aft. 1704, Mary, da....
  • Walter Francis Roch (1880 - 1965)
    Walter Francis Roch (20 January 1880 – 3 March 1965), sometime MP (Lib.) for Pembrokeshire from 1908 to 1918 was a Welsh politician and landowner, whose political career ended when he continued to su...

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known simply as Middle Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers, the others being the Inner Temple, Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn. It is located in the wider Temple area of London, near the Royal Courts of Justice, and within the City of London.

The following notable people were called to the Bar by the Middle Temple.

Deceased members

  • Peter Ala Adjetey, Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana (2001–2005).
  • Edward Akufo-Addo, Chief Justice of Ghana (1966–1970) and President of Ghana (1970–1972)
  • Michael Ashikodi Agbamuche Attorney General & Minister for Justice Nigeria (Sept 1994-1997)
  • Fred Kwasi Apaloo, Chief Justice of Ghana (1977 -1986) and later Kenya (1993–1995).
  • Sir Sidney Barton, Consul-General in Shanghai (1922-1929) and Minister to Ethiopia (1929-1936)
  • Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister of West Bengal 1977–2000
  • William Blackstone, jurist and author of Commentaries on the Laws of England
  • Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee, First President of Indian National Congress and an barrister of Calcutta High Court
  • William Ward Burrows I (1758-1805), Second Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
  • Brajendranath De, esq., ICS, Magistrate and Collector, Hooghly and Commissioner (offg.), Burdwan, Bengal[4]
  • Sanya Dharmasakti, Prime Minister of Thailand (1973–75), President of the Privy Council of Thailand (1975–98)[5]
  • John Dickinson (delegate), American founding father
  • Romesh Dutt, ICS, Dewan of Baroda and Commissioner of Orissa
  • John Edge, Chief Justice in the Allahabad High Court, member of the Council of India and Privy Council
  • Chief Remi Fani-Kayode, the Deputy Premier of Nigeria's Western Region (1963–1966) and the Minister of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs for the Western Region (1963–1966).
  • Sir Andrew Fraser, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal
  • Behari Lal Gupta, esq., ICS, Dewan of Baroda and first Indian Chief Presidency Magistrate of Calcutta
  • Sir Krishna Govinda Gupta, ICS, Member of the Secretary of State's (for India) Council and Commissioner of Burdwan in Bengal
  • John Turner Hopwood, Liberal Party MP
  • Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015), first Prime Minister and Minister Mentor of Singapore
  • Kwa Geok Choo (1920–2010), wife to Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman (1903–1990), Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955, and Malaysia's first Prime Minister.
  • Tan Sri Haji Dato' Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohd. Zain (1922–2012), former Attorney-General of Brunei (1961-1962), Attorney-General of Malaysia (1963), Federal Court Judge of Malaysia (1964-1970), OIC Secretary-General (1973).
  • Phraya Manopakorn Nititada (1884–1948), first prime minister of Thailand (then Siam)
  • John Marston (1576–1634), poet, playwright and satirist
  • V.K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, diplomat, and Defence Minister; cofounder of Penguin and Pelican Books.
  • Roger North (1651–1734)
  • K. M. Panikkar, Indian Ambassador to China
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel First Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India.
  • C. R. Pattabhiraman (1906–2001), Indian lawyer, politician and Union Minister. Eldest son of Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer.
  • G.P. Pillai, one of the earliest practising advocates of the High Court of Madras
  • Sir Lynden Pindling (1930–2000), First black premier of the Colony of the Bahama Islands from 1967 to 1969 and then first Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas from 1969 to 1992.
  • Sir Edmund Plowden, (1518–1585), distinguished English lawyer, legal scholar and theorist during the late Tudor period.
  • Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey
  • John Rutledge, Chief Justice of the United States in 1795
  • Pote Sarasin, Prime Minister of Thailand (1957) secretary-general of SEATO (1958–1964)
  • Sir Charles Scarborough, physician to King Charles II and later King James II; King William III and Queen Mary II; and Prince George of Denmark
  • Raja Sir Maharaj Singh, First Indian Governor of Bombay
  • John Webster, playwright
  • Christopher Machingura Ushewokunze, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Zimbabwe 1992-1994

Living members

  • Clive Anderson, television presenter
  • Christine Lynas, Voted top of W Thatcher's Greatest Partner's list 2015. World class Beauty.
  • Kemal Bokhary, Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong
  • Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • David Cameron, honorary Bencher, current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
  • Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha of India
  • Anthony Clarke, Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Sir Donnell Deeny, Chancery Judge in the High Court of Northern Ireland
  • Mónica Feria Tinta, international lawyer, obtained the first international human rights court decision ordering the prosecution of a former Head of State for crimes under international law; co-recipient of the Gruber Justice Prize 2007
  • Alan Ganoo, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius
  • Andrew Gordon-Saker, Senior Costs Judge
  • Geoffrey Howe, senior member of the British Cabinet 1979–1990
  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, called as an Honorary Bencher on 3rd November 2011
  • Igor Judge, Baron Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
  • Sir Paul Jenkins (lawyer) KCB, Treasury Solicitor
  • Andrew Li, first Chief Justice of the Court of FInal Appeal, Hong Kong
  • Professor Carl Lygo, Vice-Chancellor, BPP University
  • Sir John Major, honorary Bencher, Prime Minister 1990–1997
  • Jonathan Mance, Baron Mance, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Nicholas Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Anand Ramlogan, SC, human rights attorney, Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Geoffrey Robertson, Queen's Counsel (QC), constitutional, criminal and media attorney
  • John Rutter, musician, made an honorary Bencher in 2008
  • Mark Rylance, honorary Bencher, awarded in acknowledgement of his 400th anniversary production of Twelfth Night mounted in Hall on 2 February 2002.
  • Patricia Scotland, Attorney General for England and Wales (until 2010)
  • Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions (England and Wales)
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, called to the Bar and made an honorary Bencher in 2009
  • Wong Yan Lung, SC, former Hong Kong Secretary for Justice
  • Dora Zatte, Ombudsman of the Seychelles

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