Denys Buckley

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Sir Denys Buckley
Sir Denys Buckley 1970.jpg
Photographed by Godfrey Argent, 1970
High Court Judge
In office
11 January 1960 – 8 June 1970
MonarchElizabeth II
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
8 June 1970 – 6 February 1981
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Born6 February 1906
Kensington, London, England[1]
Died13 September 1998
Wandsworth, London, England[2]
Spouse(s)Gwendolen Jane Armstrong-Jones
RelationsHenry Buckley, 1st Baron Wrenbury (father)
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford

Sir Denys Burton Buckley, MBE (6 February 1906 – 13 September 1998) was an English barrister and judge, rising to become a Lord Justice of Appeal.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Denys Burton Buckley was born in Kensington, the son of Henry Burton Buckley, 1st Baron Wrenbury and Bertha Margaretta Jones. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford. He married Gwendolen Jane Armstrong-Jones (1905–1985), daughter of Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones and aunt of the Earl of Snowdon, on 23 July 1932. They had three daughters.[3]

During World War II, he served as a Major in the RAOC and GSO Directorate, Signals War Office, in respect of which he was awarded the US Medal of Freedom.[3]


He was called as a barrister Lincoln's Inn and practised from 11 Old Square, now Radcliffe Chambers. He was appointed as a Bencher in 1949,[4] his arms were placed in the Hall in 1960,[5] and he served as Treasurer in 1969. He was appointed as a High Court Judge in 1960 in the Chancery Division, and received the customary knighthood. From 1962 to 1970 he served in the Restrictive Practices Court, and was appointed President in 1968. In 1970 he was elevated to the Court of Appeal and was appointed a Privy Councillor. He served as a member of the Law Reform Committee from 1963 to 1973.[3]

Notable cases[edit]


He died on 13 September 1998, aged 92.[3]


Coat of arms of Denys Buckley
Wrenbury Escutcheon.png
Son of Henry Buckley, 1st Baron Wrenbury
On a mount Vert a demi-stag at gaze Gules attired and gorged with a collar a chain attached reflexed over the back Or supporting a garb of the last.
Azure a chevron cottised between two stags' heads cabossed in chief and a garb in base all Or on a chief engrailed Ermine a buckle between two crosses pattée fitchée Gules.
On either side a buck at gaze Gules collared attired and chained Or.
To My Utmost [6]


  1. ^ 1911 England Census
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  3. ^ a b c d e Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 4247. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  4. ^ Baker QC, P.V. (2001). Black Books Vol 6 1914-1965. London: Lincoln's Inn. p. 543. ISBN 0-9540619-0-X.
  5. ^ Baker QC, P.V. (2001). Black Books Vol 6 1914-1965. London: Lincoln's Inn. p. 648. ISBN 0-9540619-0-X.
  6. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1921.