Some Cork Lawyers:

Henry Connor was admitted to Trinity in 1833 aged 15. He qualified at the Irish bar in 1839. He was the son of Rodrick Connor, Master in Chancery and may be connected to the Connor family of Bandon and Manch, West Cork.

Three major developments took place in Natal in the mid-1870s. First, on the death of Walter Harding in 1874, the Chief Justiceship passed to Henry Connor. During his tenure in office, Chief Justice Connor established himself as one of the finest judges in South African legal history. His three decades on the Natal Bench (including sixteen years as Chief Justice) were marked by profound scholarship, keen and logical acumen, absolute integrity and thorough dedication to duty. During his Chief Justiceship, he was a dominating presence on the Bench, and, for many decades after his passing, his judgments were quoted in the Natal Court with respect and even reverence. His reputation extended beyond Natal’s borders, and such legal luminaries as Chief Justices Henry de Villiers, John Kotze and James Rose Innes praised his ability, intellect and learning. Natal was especially fortunate in having Chief Justice Connor in view of the sharply contrasting performance of certain of his brother judges, whose personal moral standards, judicial ability and notions of impartiality were woefully inadequate.