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Alexander, Alexander [Alick] (1849–1928), promoter of physical education, was born in Liverpool on 14 May 1849, the second son of W. C. Alexander, a chief carpenter in the Royal Navy who had settled in Liverpool at the end of his period of service. Following an education at ...

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Calvert, Frederick Baltimore (1793–1877), actor and lecturer on elocution, was one of the eight children of Charles Calvert (1754–1797) [see under Calvert, Charles (1785-1852)], an amateur painter and steward to the duke of Norfolk at Glossop Hall, Derbyshire, and his wife, ...

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Castelvetro, Giacomo (bap. 1546, d. 1616), writer and teacher of Italian, was born in Modena, Italy, and was baptized there at S. Barnaba, on 25 March 1546, the third son and ninth child of Niccolò Castelvetro (d. 1578), a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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John Davies (1564/55–1618) by unknown engraver, pubd 1633 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, John (1564/5–1618), poet and writing-master, was born at Hereford (his birthplace was always noted on his title-pages—'John Davies of Hereford'—apparently to distinguish him from the prominent contemporary poet Sir John Davies). He was probably born a Roman Catholic and was certainly identified as one in 1611 (...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Dufief, Nicolas Gouin (1776?–1834), teacher of French, was a native of Nantes. His father, Nicolas-Henri Dufief, a knight of the order of St Louis, served during the French Revolution as a volunteer under the French princes in Germany; his mother, the Comtesse Victoire Aimée Libault Gouin Dufief...

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John Florio (1553–1625) by William Hole, 1611 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Florio, John (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages, was born in London, the son of a Tuscan former Franciscan friar, Michael Angelo Florio (d. 1566x71), and of an Englishwoman whose identity has not been determined. His father, like the famous Italian reformers and preachers ...

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Fox, Sir (George) Malcolm (1843–1918), army officer and advocate of physical training, was born at 7 Wardwick, Derby, on 4 March 1843, younger son of Douglas Fox (1798–1885), surgeon (elder brother of Sir Charles Fox, 1810–1879, civil engineer), and his wife, Marianne (1814–1898)...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by John D. Haigh

Hamilton, James (1769–1829), teacher of languages, is thought to have been born at Dublin, where he was taught for four years at a school kept by Beatty and Mulhall, two Jesuit priests. For about three years before the revolution he was in business in ...

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Hopkins, William (fl. 1674), stenographer and writing master, wrote The flying pen-man, or, The art of short-writing by a more easie, exact, compendious, and speedy way (1674), using a system related to those of Thomas Shelton, Jeremiah Rich, and especially Theophilus Metcalfe. Beautifully engraved with ornamental borders and a frontispiece portrait of ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Roger Hutchins

Hunt, Thomas Perkins Lowman (1802–1851), speech therapist, was born at Whitchurch, Dorset, and is said to have been educated at Winchester College. He was admitted as a pensioner, aged twenty, at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 7 June 1822, with the intention of becoming a minister of the ...

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Kidder, Edward (1665/6–1739), cookery teacher and writer, taught cookery in London between about 1720 and 1734, but little else about his life is known. The evidence for his activities is confined mostly to his one published work, the Receipts of Pastry and Cookery...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by S. J. Skedd

Lawson, John (1708/9–1759), writer on oratory, was born in Magherafelt, co. Londonderry, the son of Alexander Lawson (d. 1718), Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Katherine. After being tutored by a Mr McMahon in Monaghan, Lawson entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar, on 1 June 1727, aged eighteen, and won a scholarship in 1729. He graduated BA (1731), MA (1734), and DD (1745), and became a fellow in 1735. He held a succession of university posts before being elected Erasmus Smith professor of oratory and history in 1750. Unlike some of his predecessors ...

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Logue, Lionel George (1880–1953), speech therapist, was born on 26 February 1880 in College Town, Adelaide, South Australia, the eldest of three children of George Edward Logue, clerk, and his wife, Lavinia, née Rankin. Logue was educated at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, between 1889 and 1896, and studied elocution with ...

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MacLaren, Archibald (1819?–1884), teacher of physical education and author, was born at Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The details of his early life are obscure. He was brought up a Presbyterian. At about the age of sixteen he went to Paris and studied fencing, gymnastics, and medicine but became most interested in physical training. He settled in ...

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Mason, William (d. 1719?), stenographer and writing-master, is of unknown origins. He wrote that from his youth he 'delighted in the Art of Short-Hand' (W. Mason, La plume volante, 1707, To the reader). In 1736 it was noted, 'As for Mr. Mason...

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O'Brien, Paul (1762/3–1820), Irish-language scholar and teacher, was born in the district of Breakey in co. Meath, near its border with co. Cavan; the names of his father and mother have not been preserved. In the late eighteenth century this district was a stronghold of Irish language and culture, with a number of poets—...

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Oswald, Eugene (1826–1912), teacher and writer, was born in Heidelberg on 16 October 1826, the youngest of the five children of Carl August Oswald, a publisher in Heidelberg, and his wife, Christiana Augusta Brédé, who was of Huguenot descent. Though of a scholarly bent, ...

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Palsgrave, John (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages, was born in London. The identity of his parents is unknown, though Palsgrave was evidently close to his mother, his provision for her being mentioned in the state papers in 1529. He is first recorded at the end of 1503 as a student at ...