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Batchelor, Thomas (1775–1838), farmer and writer on language, was born on 25 September 1775 at Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, the fifth child of Joseph Batchelor (1741–1804) and Ann Brandon (d. 1792), farmers. He was baptized in 1785 at Ampthill where, from the age of ten to thirteen, he went to school. At this time, spelling book fables were the only texts he could read with any real sense of enjoyment, his particular favourite being ...

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Bathe, William (1564–1614), Jesuit and linguistic scholar, was born on Easter Sunday, 2 April 1564, the eldest son of John Bathe (or Bath, d. 1586), of Drumcondra on the outskirts of Dublin, and his wife, Eleanor (d. c.1575), daughter of Jenico Preston, ...

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Beck, Cave (bap. 1622, d. 1706), writer on universal language and Church of England clergyman, second son of John Beck, 'pandoxator' or brewer, and Anne Flecher (probably née Cave, and widow of Adam Flecher), was born in the parish of St James's, Clerkenwell...

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Butler, Edward Dundas (1842–1919), linguist and librarian, was born on 15 October 1842 at 6 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, the son of Thomas Butler and his wife, Jane Isabella, née North. Having been educated at Blue Coat School, London, he joined the department of printed books of the ...

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Chamberlain [Chamberlen], Nathaniel (bap. 1612), linguist and physician, was the third son of the barber–surgeon Peter Chamberlen the younger (1572–1626) [see under Chamberlen family] and his wife, Sara, daughter of William Delaune (c. 1530–1611). He was baptized at the French church in ...

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Cheeke, William (fl. 1592–1615?), anagrammatist, is of obscure origin. In his only printed work he identifies himself as ‘Gulielmo Checo Durotrige’ and ‘Guil. Cheeke. Austro-Britannus’, suggesting a connection with southern England, perhaps Dorset. He entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford, at the beginning of 1592 and graduated BA from there on 14 February 1596....

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Corder, Stephen Pit (1918–1990), linguistic scholar, was born on 6 October 1918, at 4 Bootham Terrace, York, the second of the two sons of Philip Corder (b. 1885), schoolmaster, and his wife, Johanna Adriana van der Mersch (b. 1887). His father was English and his mother Dutch. ...

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Cornwall, Sir James Handyside Marshall- (1887–1985), army officer and linguist, was born in India on 27 May 1887, the only son and elder child of James Cornwall, postmaster-general of the United Provinces, India, and his wife, Agnes Hunter. He was educated at Rugby School...

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Sir James Handyside Marshall- Cornwall (1887–1985) by Walter Stoneman, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crowther, Samuel Ajayi (c. 1807–1891), bishop of western Africa and linguistic scholar, was born of Yoruba parents at Oshogun, in the south-west of Nigeria. Captured in war in 1821 he was sold on 7 April 1822 to a Portuguese slave ship in Lagos...