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Boyd, Sir Robert Lewis Fullarton (1922–2004), physicist and engineer, was born on 19 October 1922 at 5 Melbourne Terrace, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, the elder of twin sons of William John Boyd, a works chemist, and his wife, Dorothy Jane, née Sibthorpe. Two years after his birth the family moved to ...

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Bruce, Frederick Fyvie (1910–1990), biblical scholar, was born on 12 October 1910 in Elgin, the eldest of the seven children of Peter Fyvie Bruce (1874–1955), an evangelist among the Christian Brethren, and his wife, Mary Maclennan (1883–1965). From Elgin Academy (1921–8) he proceeded to study classics at ...

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Bulteel, Henry Bellenden (1800–1866), religious controversialist and seceder from the Church of England, was born on 14 September 1800 at Bellevue, Turnchapel, Plymstock, the fourth of the ten children of Thomas Hillersdon Bulteel (1766–1815) of Bellevue, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Christopher Harris...

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Carr, Jonathan Dodgson (1806–1884), biscuit manufacturer, was born in Stricklandgate, Kendal, on 9 December 1806, the second in a family of four sons and five daughters of Jonathan Carr, a Quaker wholesale grocer and tea dealer of Yorkshire weaving stock, and his wife, ...

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Darby, John Nelson (1800–1882), member of the so-called (Plymouth) Brethren, was born on 18 November 1800 at 9 Great George Street, Westminster, the youngest of six brothers who survived infancy. His father, John Darby of Markly, Warbleton, Sussex, was born in 1751 and was said to have profited as a merchant from naval contracts in the Napoleonic wars. He inherited ...

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John Nelson Darby (1800–1882) by Edward Penstone © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gosse, Sir Edmund William (1849–1928), writer, was born on 21 September 1849 at 13 Trafalgar Terrace (now 56 Mortimer Road), De Beauvoir Town, Hackney, Middlesex, the only child of Philip Henry Gosse (1810–1888), zoologist, and his first wife, Emily Gosse, née Bowes (1806–1857)...

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Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849–1928) by John Singer Sargent, 1886 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gosse [née Bowes], Emily (1806–1857), writer of religious tracts, was born on 10 November 1806 in London. Her father, William Bowes (1771–1850), son of a Boston merchant who was later banished as a loyalist, had been brought to England as a child in 1776. Described variously as 'gentleman' and 'independent', he held a lieutenant's commission in the ...

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Philip Henry Gosse (1810–1888) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London