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Ackerley, Joe Randolph (1896–1967), writer and literary editor, was born on 4 November 1896 at 4 Warmington Road, Herne Hill, south London, the younger son and second of the three children of Alfred Roger Ackerley (1863–1929), fruit importer, of London, and his mistress, ...

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Angel, Moses (1817/18–1898), headmaster and journal editor, was one of the eleven children of Emmanuel Moses (d. 1841), a publican, and his wife, Sarah. At some stage he transposed his name from Angel Moses to Moses Angel, probably in 1839 when his father was convicted at the ...

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Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birchall (1841–1879), lecturer on philosophy and journal editor, was born on 16 March 1841, at Reading, the second son of the Revd Robert Appleton (d. 1875). He was educated at Reading School, of which his father was headmaster. He matriculated at ...

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Armstrong, Terence Ian Fitton [pseud. John Gawsworth] (1912–1970), poet and journal editor, was born at 97 Gunterstone Road, Kensington, London, on 29 June 1912, the younger of the two children of Frederic Percy Armstrong (1877–1943), colonial broker, and his wife, Ethel Laura Jackson (1878–1947)...

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Aspland, Robert (1782–1845), Unitarian minister and journal editor, was born on 23 January 1782 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, the only surviving child of Robert Aspland, the village shopkeeper, and his second wife, Hannah Brook of nearby Isleham; Isaac, a half-brother from the earlier marriage, lived from 1774 to 1829. The elder ...

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Aston, Trevor Henry (1925–1985), historian and editor, was born at 24 Gowan Avenue, Fulham, London, on 14 June 1925, the first child of Oliver John Aston (1899–1969), an ironmonger's assistant, and his wife, Florence May Woods (1900–1986). Soon after the birth of Trevor's...

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Baddam, Benjamin (c. 1693–1740?), printer and compiler of the Memoirs of the Royal Society, was the eldest of three children of Benjamin Baddam (1670–1700/01), free of the Glaziers' Company in 1692, who married Elizabeth Palmer (1672–1701×16), daughter of John Palmer, a dyer, at ...

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Beard, Charles (1827–1888), Unitarian minister, scholar, and journal editor, was born at Higher Broughton, Manchester, on 27 July 1827, the eldest son of John Relly Beard (1800–1876), Unitarian minister at Salford, and his wife, Mary Barnes (1802–1887). Educated at his father's school, he studied at ...

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Biggs, Charles Henry Walker (1845–1923), technical journalist and journal editor, was born Charles Henry Biggs on 23 May 1845 in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, the son of Elizabeth Walker Biggs and an unknown father. He was probably educated in Reading. According to one obituary he soon showed a technical bent for 'in the school laboratory he made the first self-contained matches, but he did not develop them commercially' (...

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Blackwood, John (1818–1879), publisher and journal editor, was born on 7 December 1818 at Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, the sixth son of Janet Steuart (1779–1849) and the publisher William Blackwood (1776–1834). Educated at Edinburgh high school (1826–31), the alma mater of Walter Scott, and at the ...