William St Julien Arabin (1773 – 15 December 1841) was a British lawyer and judge who served as the Judge-Advocate-General of the Army for a three-and-a-half-month period (6 November 1838 – 21 February 1839).

Arabin was born abroad,[1] the only surviving son of General William John Arabin of Ireland, who left him significant estates in Essex and Middlesex.[2][3] He was descended from one of the oldest families in Provence. His Huguenot ancestor Bartholomew d'Arabin fled to Holland after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685, and came over to England with King William III in 1688.[4] Arabin attended St Paul's School, London and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was admitted to Inner Temple in 1793, and was called to the bar in 1801. He was appointed serjeant-at-law in 1824.[5]

He was Deputy Recorder of the City of London. He served as Judge-Advocate-General of the Army 1838–39. He was a judge of the Central Criminal Court and of Sheriffs' Court, London. He was a Verderer of the forests of Epping and Hainault.[6]

As a judge, Arabin was known as an eccentric figure who was notorious for his confused pronouncements. Some of his most famous quotes include:

Arabin married Mary Meux in Camden in 1802.[7] He died at Arabin House in High Beech, Waltham Abbey, Essex, in 1841.[3]

See also


  1. ^ 1841 England Census
  2. ^ "Death of Mr. Serjeant Arabin". The Times. 17 December 1841. p. 4.
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Serjeant Arabin". The Gentleman's Magazine: 219. 1842.
  4. ^ Marshall, John (1831). Royal Naval Biography. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. p. 69. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ Cambridge University Alumni: 1261-1900
  6. ^ Venn, John; Venn, John Archibald, eds. (September 2011). Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge University Press. p. 65. ISBN 9781108036115. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  7. ^ London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921