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Armstrong, Edward Allworthy (1900–1978), ornithologist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Corlea, Lowwood, Belfast, on 8 October 1900, the younger child and only son of Hamilton Armstrong, manufacturer's agent, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Susan, daughter of Dr Samuel W. Allworthy...

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Barclay, Oliver Rainsford (1919–2013), zoologist and evangelical society administrator, was born in Kobe, Japan, on 22 February 1919, the son of Joseph Gurney Barclay (1879–1976) and his second wife, Gwendoline Rose, née Watney (1885–1976). His family connections included prominent Quakers and Anglicans employed in banking and evangelical missions, notably the ...

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Campbell, (William) Howard (1859–1910), missionary and entomologist, was born in Londonderry on 20 September 1859, eldest of the nine children of Thomas Callender Campbell, businessman and lay Christian worker. Known to his family as Howard, he was an avid collector of insects and with his six brothers built up a nationally famous collection of Irish moths and butterflies. He was educated at the ...

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Philip Henry Gosse (1810–1888) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gosse, Philip Henry (1810–1888), zoologist and religious writer, was born on 6 April 1810 at the High Street, Worcester, the second of four children of Thomas Gosse (1765–1844) a mezzotint engraver and itinerant painter of miniature portraits, and Hannah Best (1780–1860), who before her marriage had been a domestic servant. His childhood was spent in ...

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Jourdain, Francis Charles Robert (1865–1940), ornithologist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 4 March 1865, at Adenshaw Lodge, near Manchester, the eldest of the five sons of Francis Jourdain (1834–1898), later vicar of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and his wife, Emily, daughter of ...

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St George Jackson Mivart (1827–1900) by Ernest Lintz by permission of the Linnean Society of London

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Mivart, St George Jackson (1827–1900), zoologist and Roman Catholic polemicist, was born on 30 November 1827, at the family hotel in Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, London, the fourth child of James Edward Mivart (1781–1856), hotelier, and Caroline Georgina Cunningham. His education at Clapham grammar school...

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Stebbing, Thomas Roscoe Rede (1835–1926), zoologist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 February 1835 in Euston Square, London, the fourth son of Henry Stebbing (1799–1883), clergyman and long-time editor of The Athenaeum, and his wife, Mary Griffin (1805–1882). He was educated at ...