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Beale, John (bap. 1608, d. 1683), Church of England clergyman and writer on agriculture and natural philosophy, was baptized at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, on 17 April 1608, the sixth and youngest son of Thomas Beale (1575–1620), a lawyer and prominent gentleman farmer, and his wife, ...

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Blith, Walter (bap. 1605, d. 1654), writer on husbandry, was baptized on 7 August 1605 in Allesley, Warwickshire, the fourth and youngest son of John Blith (d. 1626), yeoman farmer, and Ann, daughter of Barnaby Holbeche of Birchley Hall, Fillongley. His father, a relatively prosperous cereal and dairy farmer, had moved to ...

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Walter Blith (bap. 1605, d. 1654) by unknown engraver, pubd 1653 © Copyright The British Museum

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Corbet, Henry (1820–1878), agricultural editor, was born on 31 December 1820 and educated at Bedford School. He hoped to go to university but was unable to do so because of family difficulties. During the early 1840s he lived in London and first came to public attention in November 1846 when he was appointed secretary of the ...

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Davis, Hewitt (1804–1884), farmer and agricultural writer, was born on 16 August 1804 to Isaac Davis and his wife, Mary, née Kennard. He was baptized on 10 November 1804 at St Mildred Poultry, in the City of London.

In his twenties Davis managed the ...

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Johnson, Cuthbert William (1799–1878), writer on agriculture, was born at Widmore House, Bromley, Kent, on 28 September 1799, the eldest surviving son of William Johnson of Liverpool and Widmore House. His father was proprietor of several chemistry-based businesses. Johnson was admitted a member of ...

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Marshall, William (bap. 1745, d. 1818), agricultural writer and land agent, was baptized on 28 July 1745 at Sinnington, North Riding, Yorkshire. The younger son of a yeoman farmer, according to his own account he could trace his blood through the veins of agriculturists for upwards of four hundred years. At the age of fifteen, however, he was apprenticed in the linen trade in ...

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Massingham, (Harold) John (1888–1952), rural writer, was born in London on 25 March 1888, the eldest of the six children of the radical Liberal journalist Henry William Massingham (1860–1924) and his first wife, Emma Jane Snowdon (d. 1905). John Massingham won an exhibition from ...

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Nourse, Timothy (c. 1636–1699), agricultural and religious writer, was born at The Place, Newent, Gloucestershire, a younger son of Sir Walter Nourse (d. 1652). His mother may have been Sir Walter's first wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Edward Engeham of Gunston, Kent...

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Orwin, Charles Stewart (1876–1955), agricultural economist and historian, was born on 26 September 1876 at Horsham, Sussex, the only son of Frederick James Orwin and Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Campbell Stewart, of Blackheath, and niece of George Gawler, governor of South Australia (1838–41). Born into a medical family with a reputation for independent, radical thinking, from his earliest days ...