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Blake [née Boucher], Catherine Sophia (1762–1831), wife and assistant to William Blake, was born in Battersea, Surrey, on 25 April 1762, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 16 May 1762, the thirteenth child of William Boucher (1714–1794), a market gardener, and his wife, ...

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See Jones, Edward [pseud. Ned Môn]

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Macbean, Alexander (d. 1784), writer and amanuensis, of whose origins nothing is known, was employed as an amanuensis by the encyclopaedist Ephraim Chambers. After this he became one of the six amanuenses employed by Samuel Johnson on his Dictionary. About 1758 Johnson obtained for him the post of librarian to ...

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Master, Thomas (1602/3–1643), poet and amanuensis, was born in Coates, Gloucestershire, where his father, William Master (d. in or after 1637), was rector. He studied under Henry Topp at Cirencester grammar school and in 1617 advanced to Winchester College on a scholarship. He was nineteen on 15 November 1622 when he matriculated from ...

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Milward, Richard (bap. 1609, d. 1680), amanuensis to John Selden, was baptized on 25 April 1609 at Flitton in Bedfordshire, son of Richard Milward, a yeoman. He matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 7 July 1625 and was elected a scholar of his college on 13 April 1627. He received his BA in 1625 and his MA in 1632....

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Pinkhurst, Adam (fl. 1385–1410), scribe to Geoffrey Chaucer, was probably born into a family that took its name from Pinkhurst Farm in Abinger, near Guildford, Surrey. Although it is impossible to place him genealogically with complete certainty, he was most likely the son of the ...

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Emily Sarah Tennyson, Lady Tennyson (1813–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1865 from the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln. By permission of Lincolnshire County Council

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Tennyson [née Sellwood], Emily Sarah, Lady Tennyson (1813–1896), secretary and manager for her husband, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was born on 9 July 1813 in Market Place, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the three daughters of Henry Sellwood (1782–1867) and his wife, Sarah, ...

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Weber, Henry William (1783–1818), literary scholar and secretary, was born on 22 September 1783 at St Petersburg, the second of three children of H. W. Weber (d. 1786), merchant and commissioner for trade, and Dorothy Foster (d. 1816), relative of Henry Lord Holland...