Romilly, Sir Samuel, an eminent lawyer, was the son of a jeweller, in Frith-street, Westminster, and born there March 1st, 1757. His education was private and contracted ; after which he became a clerk in an attorney's office, but left that situation to study in one of the inns of court. In 1783 he was called to the bar ; and for several years confined his practice to draughts in equity. At length he rose to distinction in the court of chancery; and in the last administration of Mr. Fox, was made solicitor-general, when he received the honour of knighthood. When the party to whom he was attached went out of office, he also retired; but still continued in parliament, where he displayed great powers in debate. He exerted himself in endeavouring to effect a revision of the criminal code, with a view to the limitation of capital punishments to a few heinous offences ; on which subject he published an able pamphlet; as he also did another against the erection of the office of vice-chancellor. The death of this eminent man was melancholy. Shocked at the loss of his lady, who died of a dropsy in the Isle of Wight, he became delirious, and destroyed himself, Nov. 2d, 1818.
Source: Lempriere's Universal Biography - John LempriÃ¨re and Eleazar Lord - 1825