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Batchelor, Thomas (1775–1838), farmer and writer on language, was born on 25 September 1775 at Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, the fifth child of Joseph Batchelor (1741–1804) and Ann Brandon (d. 1792), farmers. He was baptized in 1785 at Ampthill where, from the age of ten to thirteen, he went to school. At this time, spelling book fables were the only texts he could read with any real sense of enjoyment, his particular favourite being ...

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Frank Parkinson (1887–1946) by Howard Coster © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parkinson, Frank (1887–1946), electrical engineer and philanthropist, was born at Springfield, Guiseley, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, on 7 February 1887, the eldest of three children of Joseph Parkinson (1862–1902), stone mason and quarry-owner, and his wife, Ann Elizabeth, née Yeadon (b. 1861). Educated at ...

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Smith, Ronald Gordon [Dick] King- (1922–2011), farmer, teacher, and writer, was born on 27 March 1922 at Homelea, Bitton, Gloucestershire, the eldest of four sons of Ronald King-Smith (1894–1980), owner and manager of Golden Valley Paper Mills, and his wife, Grace, née Boucher (1902–1980)...

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Williamson, Laurence (1855–1936), crofter and antiquary, was born on 11 March 1855 at Linkshouse, Mid Yell, Shetland, the only son and the elder of the two children of James Williamson (1800–1872), postmaster and general merchant, and his wife, Mary, née Gardner (1819–1906), a native of the island of ...