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Robert Wrightson 1869

Information sourced from the book written by W.G. Wrightson 

"Memorials of The Family of Wrightson"


Contributions pages 13 & 14

4 :-My son, Robert Garmondsway Wrightson, B.A. Cantab.,
and Barrister-at-Law, was born 6 Apr. 1869. His Public
School days (3 May 1883 to 26 July 1886) were passed at
Marlborough College. I had made my mind up to let my sons
choose their own course in life; but I was both startled and dis-
tressed when Robert asked permission to accompany his brother
to New Zealand. In order to prepare them fur the colonies I
sent them for a year (8 Oct. 1886 to 19 Aug. 1887) to the
College of Agriculture at Downton. Here it was that for the
first time Robert showed his abilities, and passed as first man of
his year. My wife and I arranged to take our sons out to New
Zealand, so as to judge of the country and its prospe6!:s. Like
myself Robert was disappointed, and I offered, if he would
return to England, to let him go through the Science course at
Cambridge. This offer he accepted. We left him to complete
the circuit of the World by himself,-which he did, going round
by Cape Horn. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge,
6 Oct. 1888, and took his B.A. degree 23 June 1891, having
obtained a second class in the Natural Science Tripos Part I.
He was told by the head examiner that, out of 122 men entered
for the Tripos, he was among the highest 20, so that he muit
have been very near the top of the second class. In the January
before taking his degree he commenced keeping terms at the
Inner Temple; and, after leaving Cambridge, completed the
agricultural course at Downton (18 Sep. 1891 to 17 Aug. 1892),
passing easily as head man, and taking both the College Diploma
and Certificate. After this he went ( 26 Sep. 1892) as a premium
pupil to the Hon. Cecil Parker, Agent to the Duke of West-
minster on the Eaton Estate near Chester. While with Mr .
Parker he spent much time studying in London, where he not
only passed the examination which made him a Professional
Associate of the Surveyors' Institution, but also his final legal
examination. On 18 April 1894 he was called to the Bar at the
Inner Temple. It had been his wish to praise on the Chan-
cery side. But this wish seems to have been given up on the
advice of such a leading London solicitor as his uncle Edward
Western, and of such a distinguished legal authority as my old
friend Mr. Registrar Brougham, nephew of the late Lord Chan-
cellor Brougham. In view of the extremely overcrowded state
of the Bar, both these gentlemen consider that he is much more
likely to be a successful man in Land Agency, than praising as
a Barrister .