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Sir William Alexander, 3rd Baronet

Sir William John Alexander, 3rd Baronet QC (1 April 1797 – 31 March 1873)[1] was a British lawyer.

He was the elder son of Sir Robert Alexander, 2nd Baronet and his wife Elisa Wallis, daughter of John Wallis.[2] In 1859, he succeeded his father as baronet.[1] Alexander was educated at the University of Dublin and then at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts and later proceeded Master of Arts.[3]

Alexander was nominated a Queen's Counsel in 1844 and became a bencher of the Middle Temple in the same year.[4] He was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1825.[4] In 1863, he was appointed Attorney-General of the Duchy of Cornwall by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, an office he held until his death in 1873.[5]

Alexander died unmarried and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother John.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  2. ^ "ThePeerage - Sir William John Alexander, 3rd Bt". Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Alexander, William John (ALKR824WJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 87–88.
  5. ^ "No. 22702". The London Gazette. 27 January 1863. p. 446.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Smirke
Attorney-General of the Duchy of Cornwall
Succeeded by
George Loch
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Alexander
(of Dublin)
Succeeded by
John Wallis Alexander