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Acland, John (1699–1796), Church of England clergyman and writer on social issues, was the second son of John Acland (d. 1703), of Beerford, Devon, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Acland of Fremington, Devon. His father was MP for Callington, Cornwall...

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John Anderson (1893–1962) by Sir William Dobell, 1962 © DACS 2010; University of Sydney Art Collection, John Anderson Testimonial Fund, 1962. Reproduced courtesy of Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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Anderson, John (1893–1962), philosopher and social critic, was born in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, 30 miles south-west of Glasgow, on 1 November 1893, the third of the five children of a radical schoolmaster, Alexander Anderson (1863–1947), and his wife, Elizabeth Brown (d. 1942), teacher, pianist, and poet....

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Boutmy, Emile Gaston (1835–1906), political scientist and commentator on British life and institutions, was born on 13 April 1835 in Paris. He was the son of Laurent-Joseph Boutmy, a journalist and businessman who died in financial ruin in 1848. Educated at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand...

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Brodbelt [née Penoyre], Anne (1751–1827), letter writer and social observer, was born on 1 January 1751 at Spanish Town, Jamaica, one of two children of Thomas Penoyre (1722–1766), physician, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Thomas Gardner of Spanish Town. The Penoyres...

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Davies, David (1742–1819), Church of England clergyman and writer on social issues, was born on 9 February 1742 of Welsh parentage. His origins and early life are obscure, although his will suggests that his family originated in the border area of Merioneth and ...

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D'Eichthal, Gustave (1804–1886), visionary and social observer, was born in Nancy, the son of Louis D'Eichthal (1780–1840), a Jewish banker, and his wife, Fleurette, née Lévy (d. 1837). Raised as a Catholic from 1817, when he was baptized at Deüil, near Versailles...

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Demant, Vigo Auguste (1893–1983), theologian and social commentator, was born on 8 November 1893 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest of three children and only son of Thorvald Conrad Frederick Demant, a professional linguist and translator, who started a language school in Newcastle...

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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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Fowle, Thomas Welbank (1835–1903), theologian and writer on social issues, was born at Northallerton, Yorkshire, on 29 August 1835. He was the son of Thomas Fowle, solicitor, and of Mary Welbank, both of Northallerton. After education at Durham School (1848–53) and at Charterhouse...