|Activity||Sir Courtenay Peregrine Ilbert (1841-1924), parliamentary draftsman, was the son of the Rev Peregrine Arthur Ilbert, of Thurlestone, Devonshire, and Rose Anne Owen. Ilbert was educated at Marlborough, 1852-1860, and Balliol College, Oxford, 1859, gaining a first class in Classical Moderations, 1862, and Literae Humaniores, 1864. He became a Fellow of Balliol, 1864 and was Bursar, 1871-1874. Ilbert married Jessie Bradley (d 1924), 1874, and they had five daughters. |
Ilbert was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1869, where he worked on a project to revise the process for drafting parliamentary bills, which brought about the Statute Law Revision Act of 1883. In 1882, Ilbert became the law member of the Governor-General's Council in India, where he was responsible for the Bengal Tenancy Act. In 1885 he prepared a general system of law and procedure for the newly annexed Burma.
Ilbert returned to England in 1886 and took up the post of Assistant Parliamentary Counsel to the Treasury, becoming department head, 1899-1902. He then took the post as Clerk of the House of Commons, which he held until 1921. Ilbert's publications include: 'The Government of India' (1898); 'Legislative Methods and Forms' (1901); 'Parliament, its history, constitution, and practice' (1911); 'The Mechanics of Law-making' (1914).