Sir John William Salmond (1862-1924), professor of law and judge, was born on 3 December 1862 at North Shields, Northumberland, England, eldest son of William Salmond, Presbyterian minister, and his wife Jane Paxton, née Young. When in 1876 his father was appointed professor at the Theological Hall, Otago, New Zealand, he accompanied his parents to Dunedin, where he was educated at Otago Boys' High School and the University of Otago (B.A., N.Z., 1882; M.A., 1883). Chosen as Gilchrist scholar, he went to University College, London (LL.B., 1887), where he gained a first-class degree. In 1894 he was elected a fellow of the college.
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