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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Matthew Arnold (1822–1888) by George Frederic Watts, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bathurst, Katherine (1862–1933), inspector of schools, was born on 10 May 1862 at Diddington, Huntingdonshire, daughter of the Revd Frederick Bathurst (1826/7–1910), who was vicar of the parish and later archdeacon of Bedford, and his first wife, Catherine Georgiana Moore (d. 1902)...

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Fletcher, Joseph (1813–1852), statistician and school inspector, was the third son of George Fletcher, of Rennes, France. Little is known of his background and early life, except that he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1838 and called to the bar on 7 May 1841. As with contemporaries such as ...

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Hayward, Frank Herbert (1872–1954), inspector of schools and author, was born on 16 December 1872 at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, the son of John Hayward, a bootmaker, later of 56 Seymour Road, Bristol, and his wife, Anne Lydiard. Details of his early education are unknown, but he began teaching in a board school as a pupil teacher in 1887. He was assistant master at ...

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Holmes, Edmond Gore Alexander (1850–1936), inspector of schools, was born at Moycashel, co. Westmeath, Ireland, on 17 July 1850, the fourth son of Robert Holmes (1803–1870) and his wife, Jane, daughter of William Henn, a master in chancery, of Dublin. He had four brothers, including ...

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Jones, Harry Longueville (1806–1870), inspector of schools and antiquary, son of Edward Jones of Oswestry and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Stephens, was born in Piccadilly, London, on 16 April 1806. His father was the second son of Captain Thomas Jones of Wrexham, who adopted the additional name of ...

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Marvin [née Deverell], Edith Mary (1872–1958), inspector of schools, was born at Attington, near Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, on 29 July 1872, the daughter of Alfred Deverell JP, a coal merchant and farmer, and his wife, Mary Seymour. Brought up as a Congregationalist, she was educated at home and then at a private school at ...

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Morell, John Daniel (1816–1891), philosopher and inspector of schools, born at home at Little Baddow manse, Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex, on 18 June 1816, was the ninth child of Stephen Morell and Jemima Robinson, his wife. The family was of French origin, and settled in ...

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Roadknight [née Powell], Jane Annie (1852/3–1929), schoolteacher and inspector of schools, was born at Leeds, Yorkshire, according to the census of 1901, when her age was recorded as forty-eight. No birth certificate has been located. On her marriage certificate she was described as the daughter of ...