John Romilly was born in 1802 and received his education at Cambridge University. He was called to the bar in 1827.1
During the 1830s and 1840s, Romilly rose as a Whig politician and was appointed solicitor-general in 1848. He vetted the commission and instructions of Richard Blanchard, the first governor of Vancouver Island, as seen in this despatch.2 He was knighted shortly after his appointment to solicitor-general and raised to the peerage in 1866.3
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