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Baring, Maurice (1874–1945), poet and author, was born at 37 Church Street, Mayfair, London, on 27 April 1874, the fifth son of Edward Charles Baring (1828–1897), who became first Baron Revelstoke, banker, and his wife, Louisa Emily Charlotte (d. 1892), daughter of ...

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Maurice Baring (1874–1945) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Sir William (1909–1992), diplomatist and Russian scholar, was born on 19 July 1909 at 3 Plank Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Barker, master baker and later licensed victualler, and his wife, Annie, formerly Arden (née...

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Bruford, Walter Horace (1894–1988), German and Russian scholar, was born at 4 Alexandra Street, Broughton, Salford, on 14 July 1894, the son of Francis James Bruford, drainage inspector, and his wife, Annie, née Fox. He attended Manchester grammar school, where he received a thorough grounding in both the classics and modern languages. He then went with a scholarship to ...

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Chamberlayne, Thomas (fl. 1609–1638), soldier and expert on Russia, began his eighteen-year military career as a sentinel and rose to the rank of captain; nothing is known about his birth, family, or education. In 1609, with the approval of the English government, he assisted ...

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Crankshaw, Edward (1909–1984), writer and commentator on Soviet affairs, was born on 3 January 1909 in London, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Arthur Crankshaw, later chief clerk to Old Street magistrates' court, and of his wife, Amy Bishop. He was small in stature and suffered from a weak chest, and the family soon moved out to ...

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Cushing, George Frederick (1923–1996), Hungarian scholar, was born in Holway Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 17 February 1923, the son of George Irvine James Cushing, United Methodist minister, and his wife, Mary Emily, née Hutchinson. He was educated as a foundation scholar at Nottingham high school...

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Foote, (Irwin) Paul (1926–2011), Russian scholar and translator, was born in Princess Road, Swanage, Dorset, on 14 July 1926, the youngest of five sons of Tom Foote (1886–1944), butcher, and his wife, Ellen, née Weeks (1887–1965). His brother, Peter Godfrey Foote (1924–2009), was a distinguished Old Icelandic scholar. ...

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Forbes, Nevill (1883–1929), Slavonic scholar, was born on 19 February 1883 at Forbes's (later Ashbee's), Godden Green, Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent, the younger child of Francis Augustine Forbes (1844–1911), stockbroker, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Carrick (1842–1925). His mother's family was resident in ...

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Glenny, Michael Valentine Guybon (1927–1990), Russian scholar and translator, was born at 45 Devonshire Street, London, on 26 September 1927, the only child of Arthur Willoughby Falls Glenny (d. 1947) and his wife, Avice Noel Boyes. His father was an RAF officer, rising to the rank of air commodore, and his mother, a South African, drove ambulances in the Second World War. After preparatory school in ...