Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench (Salkeld)

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Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench: with Some Special Cases in the Courts of Chancery, Common Pleas and Exchequer, from the first year of K. William and Q. Mary, to the tenth year of Queen Anne

by William Salkeld

William Salkeld (1671-1715), serjeant at law and law reporter, led a short, but productive life.[1] He matriculated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1687 and entered the Middle Temple in 1692.[2] In 1698 he was called to bar. [3] He married Mary Ryves in 1700 and settled in Dorset.[4] In 1715, He became serjeant at law in 1715 and was appointed chief justice of the great sessions for the counties of Carmarthen, Cardigan, and Pembroke.[5] Salkeld died later that year.[6]

Salkeld was well known for his reports.[7] His Reports of Cases in the Court of King’s Bench, published after his death, became “the standard work of the period.”[8] The first two volumes are of “ undoubted accuracy” and were published under the guidance of Lord Hardwicke.[9] However, the third volume is not highly regarded and is more of a “refuse collection of cases,” containing the material Salkeld considered “unworthy of publication.”[10]

Salkeld's Reports

Title page from Salkeld's Reports, volume two, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author William Salkeld
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Published London: In the Savoy: J. Walthoe and J. Walthoe, jun.
Date 1717-18
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Language English
Volumes 2 volume set
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Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

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  1. W.R. Williams, “Salkeld, William (b. 1671, d. 1715)”, ‘’Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’’ (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed February 21, 2014.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. J.G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography (Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson Law Booksellers, 1847),626-27.
  10. Ibid.