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Blair, Sir Robert (1859–1935), educational administrator, was born in Wigtown in south-west Scotland on 8 March 1859, the eldest of the ten children of William Blair and his wife, Mary, née Hood. His father, a Presbyterian, appears to have had a variety of jobs but was principally a cobbler by trade. ...

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Brockington, Sir William Allport (1871–1959), educational administrator, was born at 62 Constitution Hill, Birmingham, on 18 June 1871, the son of Thomas Alfred Brockington (d. in or before 1898), a gold beater, and his wife, Fanny Allport. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Birmingham...

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Joseph Robert Diggle (1849–1917) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1892 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Diggle, Joseph Robert (1849–1917), educational administrator, was born at Canal Bank, Pendleton, Lancashire, on 12 May 1849, the youngest son of William Diggle, a warehouseman, and his wife, Nancy Ann, daughter of John Chadderton. His elder brother, John William Diggle (1847–1920), became bishop of ...

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Garnett, William (1850–1932), physicist and educational administrator, was born at 183 Queen Street, Portsea, on 30 December 1850, son of William Garnett, auctioneer, and his wife, Selina (née Webb). He was baptized at King Street Chapel in the following March. Four years later, the family moved to ...

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Gater, Sir George Henry (1886–1963), educational administrator and civil servant, was born in Southampton on 26 December 1886, the son of a solicitor, William Henry Gater (1855–1942) and his wife, Ada Mary Welch (1859–1939). After attending Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he gained a fourth in classical moderations (1907) and a second-class degree in modern history (1909), and took the diploma in education, he joined ...

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Gittins, Charles Edward (1908–1970), educational administrator, was born on 24 January 1908 at Rhostyllen, Esclusham, Wrexham, Denbighshire, the son of Charles Thomas Gittins, a colliery engine fitter, and his wife, Susannah Frances Rabbitt. He was educated initially at Bersham boys' council school and ...

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Hey, Spurley (1872–1930), educational administrator, was born on 31 March 1872 in Stocksbridge, Yorkshire, one of the eight children of Benjamin Smith Hey and Ann Birkenshaw. Family life was humble but secure, dominated by an intelligent but austere steelworker father and a strong-minded, caring mother. ...

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Houghton, Sir William Frederick (1909–1971), educational administrator, was born on 30 November 1909 at 27 Rutland Street, Oldham, Lancashire, son of Arthur Houghton, travelling salesman for a vinegar manufacturer, and his wife, Annie, née Cocker. It is not recorded where he attended school. In 1928 he matriculated at ...

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Jackson, Sir Percy Richard (1869–1941), educational administrator, was born at Hebble Terrace, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, on 23 January 1869, the son of William Michael Jackson, tea merchant, and his wife, Anne Field. He attended Huddersfield collegiate school before entering business in the textile industry, where he became head of the firm of ...

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Joyce, Patrick Weston (1827–1914), educationist and antiquarian, was born at Ballyorgan on the northern side of the Ballyhoura Hills in the barony of Coshlea in the south-east of co. Limerick, Ireland. He was one of eight male children of Garrett Joyce (b...

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Keenan, Sir Patrick Joseph (1826–1894), educationist and educational administrator, was born, probably in Dublin, the son of John Keenan of Phibsborough, Dublin, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Patrick Sherlock of Dublin. He had at least one sister. He was educated at Ratoath national school, Meath...

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King, Bolton (1860–1937), educational administrator and historian, was born at Chadshunt, Gaydon, near Kineton in Warwickshire, on 8 May 1860, the only son of the second marriage of his father, Edward Bolton King (1801–1878), to Louisa Palmer (1825–1920), descendant of the fourth earl of Aylesford...

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Lunn, Sir George (1861–1939), local politician and educational administrator, was born at 121 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 26 November 1861, the son of John Ramsay Lunn, bricklayer, and later contractor, and his wife, Jane, née Hindmarch. He was educated at the ...

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Luyt, Sir Richard Edmonds (1915–1994), colonial governor and educational administrator, was born on 8 November 1915 in Breda Street, Cape Town, South Africa, the second of the three children of Richard Robbins Luyt (1886–1967), broker, and his wife, Roberta Wilhemina Frances, née Edmonds (1891–1943)...

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Mackay, Donald James, eleventh Lord Reay and Baron Reay (1839–1921), administrator in India and educational administrator, was born at The Hague, the Netherlands, on 22 December 1839, the elder son of Aeneas, Baron Mackay of Ophemert, Holland, tenth Lord Reay (1807–1876), and his wife, ...

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Mason, Stewart Carlton (1906–1983), educational administrator, was born on 28 February 1906 in St John's Wood, London, the only child of Carlton Willicomb Mason, musician, and his wife, Alys Kastor. Educated at Uppingham School, but denied family support because of his desire to teach, he was able to take up an exhibition at ...

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McCormick, Sir William Symington (1859–1930), English scholar and educational administrator, was born at Dunbar Terrace, Dumfries, Scotland, on 29 April 1859, the elder son of William McCormick, an ironmonger and maker of agricultural implements in that town, and his wife, Agnes Ann, daughter of the ...

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Henry Morris (1889–1961) by unknown photographer, c. 1938 [left, with two students] Archives Dept., University Library UEA, Norwich

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Morris, Henry (1889–1961), educational administrator, was born on 13 November 1889 at 131 Poulton Road, Southport, Lancashire, the fourth son and seventh of the eight children of William Morris, journeyman plumber, and his wife, Mary Ellen Mullin (d. 1901/2). His mother was Irish, a Roman Catholic until her marriage, and perhaps an influence on his early inclination to a career in the church, though she died when he was twelve. ...