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Combe, Andrew (1797–1847), physician and phrenologist, the fifteenth child and seventh son of George Comb, a brewer, and his wife, Marion (née Newton), was born in Edinburgh on 27 October 1797. Among his siblings was George Combe, the leading British proponent of phrenology. Although the family home was cramped and in an insalubrious location, ...

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Combe [Comb], George (1788–1858), phrenologist, was born in Livingstone Yards, Edinburgh, on 21 October 1788, one of the seventeen children of George Comb (d. 1815), a brewer, and Marion Newton (d. 1819), who came from a family of tenant farmers. Combe...

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Epps, John (1805–1869), physician and phrenologist, was born at Blackheath, Kent, on 15 February 1805, the son of John Epps, a wealthy pork butcher of Sevenoaks, Kent, and his first wife (d. c.1810). He had two sisters, and George Napoleon Epps (1815–1874)...

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Forster, Thomas Ignatius Maria (1789–1860), writer on science and phrenologist, was born on 9 November 1789 in London. He was the eldest son of the botanist and antiquarian Thomas Furly Forster (1761–1825), and his wife, Susanna Williams. He was a nephew of Edward...

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Watson, Hewett Cottrell (1804–1881), botanist and phrenologist, was born on 9 May 1804 at Park Hill, Firbeck, Yorkshire. His parents, Holland Watson (1749/50–1829) and Harriett Powell (1768/9–1819), were both from Stockport families of clergy and gentry. Holland Watson was a zealous magistrate in ...