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Cheriton, Odo of (1180s–1246), author and scholar, was born in Kent in the 1180s, into a wealthy Anglo-Norman family originally settled at Cheriton near Folkestone by a founding Odo, recorded as being kin to the then archbishop of Canterbury. His father, William of Cheriton...

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Sir John Alexander Hammerton (1871–1949) by Howard Coster, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hammerton, Sir John Alexander (1871–1949), author and editor of reference works, was born in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, on 27 February 1871, the second in a family of two sons and one daughter of James Hammerton (1832/3–1874/5), clog maker of Oldham, and his second wife, ...

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James, Montague Rhodes (1862–1936), college head, scholar, and author, was born at Goodnestone in Kent on 1 August 1862, the fourth and youngest child of Herbert James (1822–1909) and his wife of fifteen years, Mary Emily Horton (1818–1898). When Monty (as he was familiarly known) was three years old his father, a high-minded country parson, became rector of ...

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Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1936 © reserved; collection Eton College; © reserved in the photograph

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Lewis, Clive Staples (1898–1963), writer and scholar, was born in Belfast on 29 November 1898, the younger son of Albert James Lewis, a local solicitor, and his wife, Florence Augusta Flora, daughter of the Revd Thomas Hamilton. She had been a graduate of ...

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Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) by Arthur Strong, 1947 © Arthur Strong / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), author, literary critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, was born at his father's house in Kensington Gore, later 42 Hyde Park Gate, London, on 28 November 1832. His grandfather was James Stephen (1758–1832), master in ...