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Richard Webster (1842-1915)
Richard Webster became a QC in 1878 only 10 years after he was called to the bar. In 1885, he was appointed Attorney-General in the Conservative government (exceptionally without ever having been Solicitor-general), a post he held until 1900 when he replaced Sir Nathaniel Lindley as Master of the Rolls and later in that year he became Lord Chief Justice on the death of Lord Russell of Killowen. He was elevated to the peerage as Baron Alverstone (Isle of Wight) and on his retirement in 1913, he was created Viscount Alverstone.