Richard Denny Urlin (6 February 1830 - 15 June 1907) was a barrister and author of legal publications.

Born with the surname Urling in Westminster of Huguenot descent, he was educated at Charterhouse and University College School before entering the Middle Temple as a law student. He altered his name to Urlin, a spelling his genealogical research had shown to be earlier and more correct, after being called to the bar in 1852.

From 1850-76 he was resident in Dublin as an officer of the Encumbered Estates Court, later renamed as the Landed Estates Court. Following the Irish Famine many estate owners there were unable to collect rents, forcing them to sell their property. The court was given the power to sell estates on the application of the owner or "encumbrancer", to distribute the proceeds among the creditors and to confirm title to the new owners.

He retired from the post in 1876, and returned to England where he had inherited land.

From 1882-85 he was a member of the London School Board, representing Chelsea.


In 1880 he wrote A Churchman's Life of Wesley.

He also wrote a large number of legal textbooks including:

  • A Chart of the Practice of the Landed Estates Court, Ireland (1859)
  • A Legal Guide for the Clergy
  • The Transfer of Land and Declaration of Title Acts, 1862
  • A Handbook on Investments in Houses & Lands: With Chapters on Leases, Mortgages, and Building Societies
  • A manual of the law relating to the office of trustee : with an appendix of statutes, forms, etc.' (1868)
  • Hints on Business, Financial and Legal: In Fourteen Letters to a Friend, about Investments, Income, and Other Matters (1884)
  • Urlin's Law of Trusts and Trustees (several editions)
  • Wills, Probate and Administration: a brief summary of the law. With an appendix of legal forms and practical directions (1888)
  • The Local Government Act, 1888. An analysis, and a full index, with an appendix on the County Electors Act, 1888


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