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Clarke, (Charles) Allen (1863–1935), journalist and dialect writer, was born at 58 Parrot Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on 26 February 1863, the eldest of nine children of Joseph Clarke, a cotton mule spinner, and his wife, Martha, née Marsh, also a factory worker. The journalist ...

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Jackson, Georgina Frederica (1823/4–1895), writer on dialect, was born in Everton, Liverpool, daughter of William Jackson, a Liverpool wine merchant; her only other relative known by name was a married sister, mentioned in her will. Of Shropshire parentage, she lived in rural mid-...

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Nodal, John Howard (1831–1909), journalist and dialectologist, was born on 19 September 1831 in Downing Street, Ardwick, Manchester, the son of Aaron Nodal (1798–1855), a Quaker grocer and town councillor. He was a member of the Society of Friends and was educated at ...

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Orton, Harold (1898–1975), dialectologist, was born on 23 October 1898 in the village of Byers Green, co. Durham, younger son of the village schoolmaster, Thomas Orton (d. 1942), and his wife, Emily, née Blair. He attended King James I Grammar School, Bishop Auckland...

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Parish, William Douglas (1833–1904), writer on dialect, was born on 16 December 1833 at 5 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, St Marylebone, London, the fifth son of Sir Woodbine Parish (1796–1882), diplomatist, and his first wife, Amelia Jane (d. 1835), daughter of Leonard Becher Morse...

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Wheeler [née Cowherd], Agnes [Ann] (bap. 1734, d. 1804), writer on dialect, was baptized at Cartmel Priory church, Lancashire, on 3 July 1734. She was the daughter of Edward and Eleanor Cowherd (sometimes spelled Coward) of Church Town, Cartmel. Nothing is known of her education, and details of her life are sparse. At some stage she travelled to ...

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Wright, Joseph (1855–1930), philologist and dialectologist, was born on 31 October 1855 at Park Hill, Thackley, in the township of Idle, near Bradford, the son of Dufton Wright (1817/18–1866), a woollen cloth weaver and quarryman, and his wife, Sarah Ann Atkinson. His place of birth explained his later whimsical comment: 'I've been an idle man all my life, and shall remain an idle man till I die' (...

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Joseph Wright (1855–1930) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London