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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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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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Woodford [Woodforde], Robert (1606–1654), lawyer and diarist, was born on 3 April 1606 at Old, Northamptonshire, the son of Robert Woodford (1562–1636) and Jane Dexter. He was educated at nearby Brixworth School and became a provincial attorney. His marriage to Hannah Hancs or Haunch (1617–1699)...