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Sir Thomas Braddell

Sir Thomas Braddell (b. 30 January 1823, Rahingrany, Ireland - d. 19 September 1891, London) was Crown Counsel, and the first Attorney-General of the Straits Settlements. Before joining the legal profession, he was Assistant Resident Councillor of Penang.

On 10 June 1859, he was called to the English Bar by the Society of Gray's Inn. Three years later, Sir Thomas left the East India Company and moved to Singapore, where he set up a law firm in partnership with another lawyer Abraham Logan (the firm was called Logan & Braddell). He was subsequently appointed Crown Counsel (January 1864) and then Attorney-General (April 1867) of the Straits Settlements, the latter designation which he held until he retired after a serious carriage accident.

Link to the Singapore National Library infopedia page on Sir Thomas Braddell



Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell

Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell (b. 25 November 1856, Province Wellesley, Penang - d. 3 January 1927) was Attorney-General of the Straits Settlements and Chief Judicial Commissioner of the Federated Malay States. His father Thomas Braddell was the first Attorney-General, and his eldest son Sir Roland St. John Braddell was joint editor of One Hundred Years of Singapore.

He started off his career by practising at his father's law firm before setting up Braddell Brothers with his younger brother Robert Wallace Glen Lee Braddell.

He was also involved in public service. Initially appointed Municipal Commissioner and Attorney-General in the late 1890s, he was subsequently made Puisne Judge in 1907. Braddell was the only member of the Bar to ever receive the latter designation. Between 1911 and 1913, he served as Attorney-General of Singapore. Braddell went on to become Chief Judicial Commissioner of the Federated Malay States in 1913.

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Dato Sir Roland St. John Braddell

Dato Sir Roland St. John Braddell (b. 20 December 1880, Singapore - d. 15 November 1966, London, United Kingdom), a prominent lawyer in the region, was the eldest son of Attorney-General Sir Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell, and grandson of Sir Thomas Braddell, the first Attorney-General of the Straits Settlements. He was also joint editor of One Hundred Years of Singapore, and author of numerous legal and historical publications.

A prominent lawyer in the Straits Settlements, Johore, and the Federated Malay States, he practised in Braddell Brothers, the law firm established by his father Thomas de Multon Lee Braddell and his uncle Robert Wallace Glen Lee Braddell. In addition, he served as Sultan Ibrahim of Johore's private legal adviser for many years.

Sir Roland was the author of many legal and historical publications about Singapore and Malaya including Commentary on the Common Gaming Houses Ordinance (1911), The Law of the Straits Settlements (1915), and The Lights of Singapore (1934). He was also editor of Straits Produce, and co-editor of the centenary work One Hundred Years of Singapore (1921).

To access an on-line copy of One Hundred Years of Singapore, please click here

To download the original list of Advocates & Solicitors practising in the Straits Settlements as at 13 March 1931, by seniority (which includes Sir Roland), please click here.

Sir Roland continued to practise law in the 1950s. Upon retirement at the beginning of the 1960s, he moved to London, where he passed away on 15 November 1966.

In 1970, the University of Singapore Law Faculty inaugurated a new public lecture series called the Braddell Memorial Lecture to commemorate him.

Link to the Singapore National Library infopedia page on Sir Roland St John Braddell

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