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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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James Boswell (1740–1795) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Goddard, Guybon (1612–1671), lawyer and parliamentary diarist, was the only son of Thomas Goddard of Stanhoe and his wife, Mary, daughter of William Guybon of Watlington; both families were of long standing in Norfolk. He matriculated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1629, entered Lincoln's Inn...

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Greene, John (1616–1659), lawyer and diarist, was born in Middlesex on 28 October 1616, the third of seven children of John Greene (1578–1653), barrister, and Anne (d. 1641), daughter of Thomas Blanchard, citizen and draper of London. His father was appointed judge of one of the ...

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Harington, John (1588/9–1654), lawyer and diarist, was born at Kelston, Somerset, the eldest son of Sir John Harington (bap. 1560, d. 1612) and his wife, Mary (d. 1634), daughter of Sir George Rogers of Cannington, Somerset. He matriculated from Trinity College, Oxford...

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Home [Hume], Sir David, of Crossrig, Lord Crossrig (1643–1707), judge and diarist, was born on 23 May 1643, the second son of Sir John Home (d. 1656) of Blackadder, Berwickshire, and of Mary (d. 1678), daughter of Sir James Dundas of ...

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Manningham, John (c. 1575–1622), lawyer and diarist, was the son of Robert Manningham (d. 1588) of Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Joan, daughter of John Fisher of Bedlow, Buckinghamshire. After his father's death Manningham was formally adopted and made the heir of ...

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Pagitt, Justinian (1611/12–1668), lawyer and diarist, was the eldest son of James Pagitt (c.1581–1638), controller of the pipe and baron cursitor of the exchequer, and his first wife, Catherine, a daughter of the civil lawyer William Lewin. Born at Monkton Hadley...

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Sewall, Samuel (1652–1730), judge and diarist in America, was born on 28 March 1652 at Bishop Stoke, Hampshire, the second child of Henry Sewall (c.1615–1700) and Jane (1627–1701), daughter of Stephen and Alice (née Archer) Dummer. The Sewall and Dummer...

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Samuel Sewall (1652–1730) by John Smibert, 1729 Copyright 2004 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; bequest of William L. Barnard (by exchange), and Emily L. Ainsley Fund