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Ainsworth, Robert (1660–1743), lexicographer and schoolmaster, was born in September 1660, probably at Wordsall, which, in the seventeenth century, was a collection of gentlemen's houses, in the parish of Eccles, about 4 miles from Manchester, the location cited by Dr Samuel Patrick in his preface to the second edition of ...

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Aitken, (Adam) Jack (1921–1998), lexicographer and philologist, was born on 19 June 1921 in Edinburgh, the only son and eldest of the three children of Adam Aitken (1896–1958), miner, and his first wife, Alexandrina Sutherland (1896–1931). He was baptized into the Church of Scotland...

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Armstrong, Robert Archibald (1788–1867), lexicographer, was born at Kenmore, Perthshire, and was baptized on 16 February 1788 at Dull, Perthshire, the eldest son of Robert Armstrong and his wife, Mary McKercher. He was educated initially at home, and then in Edinburgh and at ...

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Ash, John (1724–1779), lexicographer and grammarian, was born in Stockland, Dorset; the details of his parents are unknown. At first a blacksmith's apprentice, he received encouragement from the minister of Loughwood, near Lyme, in whose parish he had been baptized, and from 1740 he studied for the Baptist ministry under ...

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Bailey, Nathan (bap. 1691, d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster, was baptized on 7 October 1691 in Mill Yard church, a Seventh Day Baptist congregation in Goodman's Fields, Whitechapel, just east of the City of London. His church was opposed to infant baptism and ...

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Barclay, James (fl. 1763–1774), Church of England clergyman and lexicographer, was for many years a curate at All Saints' Church, Edmonton, Middlesex, and a teacher at schools in Goodman's Fields and Tottenham. In 1763 he published What is Meant by Coming to Christ...

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Baret, John (d. 1578), lexicographer, became a sizar at St John's College, Cambridge, at Easter 1551, but then moved to Trinity College. He took the degree of BA in 1554–5 and MA in 1558, and became a fellow of Trinity in 1560.

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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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Bellows, John Thomas (1831–1902), printer, lexicographer, and archaeologist, born at Carthew House, Church Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, on 18 January 1831, was the elder of the two sons of William Lamb Bellows (1798–1877), schoolmaster, of Bere Regis, Dorset, and his wife, Hannah Stickland (1790–1874)...

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John Thomas Bellows (1831–1902) by H. W. Watson, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London