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Aitken, (Adam) Jack (1921–1998), lexicographer and philologist, was born on 19 June 1921 in Edinburgh, the only son and eldest of the three children of Adam Aitken (1896–1958), miner, and his first wife, Alexandrina Sutherland (1896–1931). He was baptized into the Church of Scotland...

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Bradley, Henry (1845–1923), philologist and lexicographer, born at Manchester on 3 December 1845, was the only child of the marriage of John Bradley (1791/2–1871) of Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, and his second wife, Mary Spencer (1804/5–1870), of Middleton by Wirksworth, Derbyshire. From 1846 his father, a fire-clay agent who had been a farmer and partner in a mill, lived at ...

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Burchfield, Robert William (1923–2004), lexicographer, was born on 27 January 1923 at 58 Pitt Street, Wanganui, New Zealand, the younger son of Frederick Burchfield (1891–1979), formerly a coalminer and subsequently an electricity company employee, and his wife, Mary Lauder, née Blair (1894–1974). His father was born in the village of ...

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Craigie, Sir William Alexander (1867–1957), lexicographer and philologist, was born in Dundee on 13 August 1867, the youngest son of James Craigie, jobbing gardener, and his wife, Christina Gow. His native speech was thus the lowland Scots of Forfarshire, and during his childhood he learned some Gaelic from his maternal grandfather and later his eldest brother. About the age of twelve he began reading the early Scottish writers. From the headmaster of his school—the ...

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Sir William Alexander Craigie (1867–1957) by Harold Speed, 1949 © Harold Speed / courtesy of the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford; photograph © Studio Edmark

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Edwards, Thomas [pseud. Caerfallwch] (1779–1858), orthographer and lexicographer, was born at Caerfallwch, Northop, Flintshire, the son of Richard Edwards and his wife, Margaret. He was baptized at Northop on 5 March 1780. After a short period at Northop grammar school he was apprenticed, at the age of fourteen, to a saddler at ...

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Partridge, Eric Honeywood [pseuds. Corrie Denison, Vigilans] (1894–1979), lexicographer and etymologist, was born on 6 February 1894 on a farm in the Waimata valley near Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand, son of John Thomas Partridge, grazier, and his wife, Ethel Annabella Norris...

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Toller, Thomas Northcote (1844–1930), philologist and lexicographer, was born on 1 September 1844 at Kettering, Northamptonshire. The son of Joseph Toller (1810–1903) of Kettering, a printer, and his wife, Caroline, née Wallis (1814/15–1904), he was named after his grandfather, Thomas Northcote Toller (1756–1821)...

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Wyld, Henry Cecil Kennedy (1870–1945), philologist and lexicographer, was born in London on 27 March 1870, the only son of Henry Wyld, a commander in the service of the East India Company, and his wife, Louise, daughter of Benjamin Kennedy, a Scottish gentleman living in the county of ...