Edward Macnaghten, Baron Macnaghten

Anglo-Irish rower, barrister, politician and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1830-1913)

Edward Macnaghten, Baron Macnaghten, Bart., GCB, GCMG (3 February 1830 – 17 February 1913) was an Anglo-Irish rower, barrister, Conservative-Unionist politician and one of seven Lords of Appeal in Ordinary.

Macnaghten in 1895

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  • Some confidence there must be between merchant and manufacturer. In matters exclusively within the province of the manufacturer the merchant relies on the manufacturer's skill, and he does so all the more readily when he has had the benefit of that skill before.
    • Drummond v. Van Ingen (1887), L. R. 12 Ap. Cas. 297.
  • It is not the function of a Court of justice to enforce or give effect to moral obligations which do not carry with them legal or equitable rights.
    • Blackburn, Low & Co. v. Vigors (1887), L. R. 12 Ap. Ca. 543.
  • It is for the legislature to alter the law if Parliament in its wisdom thinks an alteration desirable.
    • Hamilton v. Baker, "The Sara" (1889), L. R. 14 Ap. Ca. 227.
  • People cannot escape from the obligation of a statute by putting a private interpretation upon its language.
    • Netherseal Colliery Co. v. Bourne (1889), L. R. 16 Ap. Ca. 247.
  • To protect those who are not able to protect themselves is a duty which every one owes to society.
    • Jenoure v. Delmege (1890), 60 L. J. Rep. (N. S.) Q. B. 13.
  • "You may not sell the cow and sup the milk."
    • Quoting an old adage in Nordenfelt v. Maxim Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Co. (1894), L. R. App. Cas. (1894), L. R. App. Ca. Part 5, p. 572.
  • It is a public scandal when the law is forced to uphold a dishonest act.
    • Nordenfelt v. Maxim Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Co. (1894), L. R. App. Ca. Part 5, p. 573.
  • That was putting the case in a nutshell. But it is one thing to put a case like Shelley's in a nutshell and another thing to keep it there.
    • On the subject of the rule in Shelley's Case (1 Rep. 104a); reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 170.

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