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Elijah Impey

(b. June 13, 1732, Butterwick House, Hammersmith, London – d. Oct. 1, 1809, Newick Park, Uckfield, Sussex )

Gender: M

Elijah Impey (1732-1809) was a British judge. He was called to the bar in 1756, and in 1773 was appointed the first chief justice of the new supreme court at Fort William in Bengal. In 1775 he presided over the trial of the Maharaja Nandakumar for forgery, which resulted in Nandakumar being hanged. As a result, he was recalled to England and in 1787 impeached by parliament along with Warren Hastings, the Governor of Bengal, on a charge of judicial murder. The trial took seven years, and resulted in the acquittal of both men. In 1790 Impey became MP for New Romney, a position he held for seven years.

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