BLACKBURN (Baron), The Right Hon. Colin Blackburn, second son of the late John Blackburn, Esq., of Killearn, co. Stirling, by Rebecca, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Gillies, was born in 1813, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. as a high Wrangler in 1835. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, and for some years went the Northern circuit. For about eight years he conducted, with the late Mr. Ellis, the regular recognized Reports in the Court of Queen's Bench, and the eight or ten volumes of "Ellis and Blackburn" are of high authority. He published an excellent legal work "On Sales." At Liverpool he had secured a large amount of business in heavy commercial cases, when, in 1859, he was made a puisne judge of the Queen's Bench. On that occasion he received the honour of knighthood. In Oct. 1876, he was made a Lord of Appeal under the provisions of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act (1876), and created a peer for life under the title of Baron Blackburn. In Aug. 1878, he was nominated a member of the Royal Commission appointed to consider the provisions of a draft Code relating to Indictable Offences.
BLACKBURN, Henry, son of Mr. Charles Blackburn, B.A., of Cambridge, born at Portsea, Feb. 15, 1830, and educated at King's College, London; was appointed private secretary to the Right Hon. E. Horsman, M.P., in 1853. He is a foreign correspondent and art-critic for London papers and magazines. Mr. Blackburn visited Spain and Algeria in 1855, 1857 and 1864, and delivered illustrated lectures on these subjects. He was appointed editor of London Society in 1870, but resigned that post in 1872. He also held an appointment in the Civil Service Commission. Mr. Blackburn wrote and partly illustrated the following works: "Life in Algeria" 1864; "Travelling in Spain" 1866; "The Pyrenees," illustrated by Gustave Doré, 1867; "Artists and Arabs," 1868; "Normandy Picturesque," 1869; "Art in the Mountains: the Story of the Passion-Play in Bavaria," 1870; "Harz Mountains," 1873; and "Breton Folk," with illustrations by R. Caldecott, 1879. Mr. Blackburn is the originator of the system of Illustrated Catalogues to Exhibitions with Facsimiles of Sketches drawn by the artists. He is editor of the annual Academy Notes and Grosvenor Notes, and a lecturer on Art.
BLACKER, The Rev. Beaver Henry, M.A., was born May 31, 1821, in Dublin, being the eldest son of the late Latham Blacker, Esq. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1843; M.A. 1846). He was appointed to the vicarage of Booterstown, co. Dublin, in 1857, and to the rural deanery of South Dublin in 1862—both of which he resigned in 1874. Mr. Blacker is a member of several literary societies in England, Ireland, and America. He has published "Sermons on National Humiliation," 1847; "The Imprecatory Passages in the Psalms, and the Athanasian Creed," 1851; "Doctrines and Duties," 1852; "Brief Sketches of the Parishes of Booterstown and Donnybrook, in the county of Dublin; with Notes and Annals," 1860–74, and other writings, besides contributions to several leading periodicals. He is also the editor of Gloucestershire Notes and Queries.
BLACKIE, John Stuart, Professor of Greek in the University of Edinburgh, son of a banker in Aberdeen, born at Glasgow, in July, 1809, was educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh. During two years passed in Göttingen and Berlin, and at Rome, he devoted himself to the study of German, Italian, and classical philology. In 1834 he published a metrical translation of Goethe's "Faust," with notes and prolegomena (2nd edit., 1880),