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Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen (1840–1922), hedonist, poet, and breeder of Arab horses, was born at Petworth House, Sussex, on 17 August 1840, the second son of the three children of Francis Scawen Blunt (1790–1842) of Crabbet Park, Poundhill, and Newbuildings Place, Southwater, Sussex, and his wife, ...

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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clare, John (1793–1864), poet, farm labourer, and naturalist, was born on 13 July 1793 in West Street, Helpston, Northamptonshire, the son of Parker Clare (1765–1846), a thresher and local wrestler, known as 'the lame man of Helpstone', and his wife, Ann (1757–1835)...

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John Clare (1793–1864) by William Hilton, 1820 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Finlay, Ian Hamilton (1925–2006), poet, artist, and gardener, was born in Nassau, Bahamas, on 28 October 1925, the son of James Hamilton Finlay and his wife, Annie Whitelaw, née Pettigrew. According to his son James Finlay was a bootlegger who smuggled rum into the ...

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Jones, Richard Lewis [Dic] (1934–2009), farmer and Welsh-language poet, was born on 30 March 1934, the younger son of Alban (Abba) Lewis Jones and his wife, Frances Louisa, née Isaac, at Penygraig, Tre'r-ddôl, Cardiganshire. He was raised on his parents' farm at Tanyreglwys, Blaen-porth, Cardiganshire...

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Morris, Edward (bap. 1633, d. 1689), drover and Welsh-language poet, was born at Perthillwydion, Cerrigydrudion, Denbighshire, and baptized on 30 July 1633, the elder son of Morris ap Hugh (bap. 1601) and his wife, Lowri (d. 1669/70); in addition to a younger boy there were five sisters. Nothing is known of his education, and the presumption of a classical education, based on the extensive classical references in his poetry, overlooks the fact that translations were available in English printed sources. He would have been fluent in English since he earned his living as a drover, bringing cattle from the Welsh uplands to fairs at ...

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Mylne, James (1738/9–1788), poet and tenant farmer, was the son of George Mylne (d. 1744), farmer, of Barns, Haddingtonshire. A precocious poet, Mylne seems to have inked a small collection of juvenile verse while attending the grammar school of Dalkeith. Many of these early odes, epistles, fables, and songs touch on the sensitive nerve of class. The favourite target of his sense of position when young was ...

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Russell, George William [pseud. A. E.] (1867–1935), journalist, poet, and agricultural economist, was born on 10 April 1867 at William Street, in the Ulster town of Lurgan, the youngest of three children of Thomas Elias Russell (1822?–1900), a bookkeeper employed by Bell & Co....