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Francis Oswald EDLIN

also known as Henry Oswald EDLIN

11th Jul 18581,2 -


Life History

11th Jul 1858

Born in Clifton (Lennox Villa).1,2

From the Birth Certificate :-
1) Father - Peter Henry Edlin
2) Mother - Amy Alicia Edlin formerly Swinhoe
3) Occupation of father - Barrister at law
4) Description and residence of informant - Amy Alicia Edlin, mother, Lennox Villa Clifton
5) When registered - 19 Aug 1858

Research Note :-
His Birth Certificate gives his names as Henry Oswald Edlin but the Edlin family Bible and all other later records gives his name as Francis Oswald Edlin

7th Apr 1861

Recorded in census in Clifton (White Ladies Road, Lower Villa).3

2nd Apr 1871

Recorded in census in Clifton (Wentworth House).4

18th May 1889


From the London Gazette :-
"Notice is hereby give, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Edward Henry Quicke and Francis Oswald Edlin, practising under the style of Quicke and Edlin, as Solicitors, at 11 Milk-street-buildings in the city of London, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. All debts owing to and by the said partnership will be received and paid respectively by the said Edward Henry Quicke, who will continue to practise at the same address.-As witness our hands this 18th day of May, 1889.
Edward H. Quicke
Francis O. Edlin"

5th Apr 1891

Occupation Barrister in Elham.6

5th Apr 1891

Recorded in census in Elham, Folkstone (Alexander Gardens, 15).6

4th Jul 1892


From the Times :-
Receiving Orders. Edlin, F.O., New-square, Lincoln´s-inn, barrister-in-law.

23rd Jul 1892


From the Times :-
Adjudications. Edlin, Francis Oswald (in the receiving order described as F. O. Edlin), New-square, Lincoln's-inn, W.C., barrister-at-law.

20th Oct 1895


Departed from Liverpool on the "S.S. Accra" for the Gold Coast

2nd Feb 1897

Married Grace Lucile HEATON in Covent Garden, St Paul.19,20

Details from the parish register :-
By licence
Groom - Francis Oswald Edlin, 38, bachelor, Barrister at law, 5 Sussex Mansions Maiden Lane
Bride . Grace Lucile Heaton, 27, spinster, Sunningdale
Father of the groom - Sir Peter Henry Edlin QC, barrister at law
Father of the bride - George Milkain Heaton Scrope-Ferrero, barrister at law

11th May 1897


Departed from Liverpool on the "S.S. Niger" for the Gold Coast"

14th Dec 1897


From the Times :-
"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of (...) ; and of Francis Oswald Edlin, Esq., Barrister-at-Law (a District Commissioner of the Gold Coast Colony), to be Queen's Advocate for the colony of Lagos."


Divorced from Grace Lucile HEATON in Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes.16

Divorce Court File : 19686
Appellant : Francis Oswald Edlin
Respondent : Grace Lucile Edlin, otherwise Grace Lucile Heaton
Type : Husband's petition for / of nullity
Petition filed : 14 July 1898
Petition dismissed : Nov 27th 190

3rd Dec 1898


Departed from Liverpool on "S.S. Oron" for Lagos Nigeria

3rd May 1901

Career in Fiji, Suva.13

From the Sydney Morning Herald :-
"The Chief Justice left for a well-earned holiday in the Manapouri on the 24th ultimo. The Hon. F. O. Edlin, Attorney-General, has since been gazetted Acting-Chief Justice, and Mr. C. H. H. Irvine again fills the position of Attorney-General."

5th Jul 1901

Career in Fiji, Suva.15

From the Advertiser :-
"A Fijian Complaint
The Premier has received the following communication from the chairman of the Fiji Federal League :- The following resolutions were passed at the meeting of the league, held at Suva on July 5 : - That the league desires to place on record its deep regret that the action of suppression of the rights of the subjects by the Governor has compelled Mr. Edlin to resign his office as acting Chief Justice and Attorney General.."

Jul 1901

Career in Fiji.14

From The Brisbane Courier :-
"Affairs in Fiji
The "Fiji Times" states that Mr. Edlin, Attorney-General and Acting Chief Justice, has tendered his resignation to mark his indignation at certain expressions used to him by the governor at a private interview."

13th Mar 1907

Death of Grace Lucile HEATON in Newton Abbot, Teignmouth.17,18


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