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Bensly, Robert Lubbock (1831–1893), Hebrew, Syriac, and biblical scholar, born at Eaton, near Norwich, Norfolk, on 24 August 1831, was the second son of Robert Bensly of Eaton, and his wife, Harriet Reeve. Educated in Eaton at a private school (where he began the study of Hebrew), and ...

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Brooks, Ernest Walter (1863–1955), ancient historian and Syriac scholar, was born in Hambledon, Horndean, Hampshire, on 30 August 1863, the only child of the Revd Walter Brooks, curate of Hambledon, who died when Ernest was a child, and his wife, Emily Grace, née...

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Edmund Venables

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Crowfoot, John Rustat (1817–1875), Hebrew and Syriac scholar, was born at Beccles, Suffolk, on 21 February 1817. His father was William Henchman Crowfoot, a surgeon. He was educated at Eton College, where he obtained a foundation scholarship. He matriculated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge...

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Stanley Lane-Poole

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Cureton, William (bap. 1808, d. 1864), Syriac scholar, was born in Westbury, Shropshire, where he was baptized on 17 January 1808, the son of William Cureton and his wife, Mary. He was educated at Newport grammar school. Owing to the death of his father family resources were scarce, and ...

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Gibson [née Smith], Margaret Dunlop (1843–1920), Arabic and Syriac scholar, was born on 16 April 1843 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the younger twin daughter of John Smith (d. 1866), writer to the signet, and his wife, Margaret, née Dunlop (d. 1843, three weeks after the twins' birth), both Scottish Presbyterians. Her father became wealthy on inheriting ...

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Lewis, Agnes Smith (1843–1926), Arabic and Syriac scholar and novelist, was born Agnes Smith on 16 April 1843 in Irvine, Ayrshire. She was the elder identical twin daughter of John Smith (d. 1866), writer to the signet of Irvine, and his wife, ...

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Maclean [formerly Macleane], Arthur John (1858–1943), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Moray, Ross, and Caithness, and Syriac scholar, was born on 6 July 1858 at 15 Springfield Place, Bath, the last of ten children of A. J. Macleane (1811/12–1858), clergyman and Latin scholar, and his wife, ...

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Margoliouth [née Smith], Jessie Payne (1856–1933), Syriac scholar, was born on 23 February 1856, at 27 Kensington Square, Kensington, London, the second of four daughters and two sons of Robert Payne Smith (1818–1895), dean of Canterbury and orientalist, and his wife, Catherine, ...

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Mingana, Alphonse [formerly Hurmiz Mingana] (1878?–1937), Syriac and Christian Arabic scholar, was born on 23 December probably in 1878 (not 1881 as usually stated) in Sharansh al-'Ulya in the district of Zakho, vilayet of Mosul (now northern Iraq), the eldest of the eight children of ...

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Segal, Judah Benzion [Ben] (1912–2003), scholar of Semitic languages, was born on 21 June 1912 at 37 Hawthorn Street, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son and second of five children (two girls, three boys) of Moses Hirsch Segal (1875–1968), rabbi and Hebrew scholar, and his wife, ...