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Edwin Guest (1800–1880) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1860 reproduced by kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; photograph by Christopher Hurst

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Guest, Edwin (1800–1880), historian and philologist, descended from a family settled at King's Norton, Worcestershire, was born on 10 September 1800, the only surviving son of Benjamin Guest (d. 1843), a prosperous merchant in Birmingham, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1807)...

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Kemble, John Mitchell (1807–1857), philologist and historian, was born on 2 April 1807, the elder surviving son of the actor Charles Kemble (1775–1854) and his wife, Maria Theresa Kemble, née De Camp (1777–1838). He was a nephew of John Philip Kemble (1757–1823) and of ...

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Levison, Wilhelm (1876–1947), historian and philologist, was born on 27 May 1876 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the elder son of the two children of Hermann Levison (1839–1886), merchant, and his wife, Josephine Goldschmidt (1845–1916). The Levison family, whose origins in Siegburg are traceable at least to the end of the seventeenth century, was by the mid-nineteenth century an assimilated German Jewish family, and consequently ...

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Stevenson, William Henry (1858–1924), historian and philologist, was born at Nottingham on 7 September 1858, the elder son of William Stevenson, timber merchant and antiquary, and his wife, Mary Ann, daughter of John and Rosina Lennon, of Banbridge, co. Down. The family moved in 1869 to ...