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Breeks, James Wilkinson (1830–1872), administrator in India and anthropologist, was born at Warcop, near Brough, Westmorland, on 5 March 1830, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Breeks. He was educated at Blackheath proprietary school, and in 1847, on the recommendation of his uncle, ...

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McPherson, Joseph Williams (1866–1946), colonial official and anthropologist, was born at Brislington, near Bristol, on 29 August 1866, the youngest of six sons of Dougal McPherson (1824–1883), superintendent of Brislington House Asylum, and his wife, Eliza Williams (1823–1900). Both parents were strict covenanting Christians from the Scottish highlands, where his father had been an estate manager. ...

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Meek, Charles Kingsley (1885–1965), anthropologist and colonial administrator, was born on 24 June 1885 in Ballyloran, Larne, co. Antrim, the son of James Brady Meek, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth McCarter. Educated first at Rothesay Academy and Bedford School, he went up to ...

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Rees, Alwyn David (1911–1974), social anthropologist and Welsh nationalist, was born at Llanarel, Coalbrook, Gorseinon, Glamorgan, on 27 March 1911, the son of Theophilus Rees, a winder at the Mynydd colliery in Gorseinon, and his wife, Mary, née Davies. Alwyn was the eldest of their four children, all of whom became involved in the world of education. He attended the primary school at ...

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Risley, Sir Herbert Hope (1851–1911), administrator in India and anthropologist, was born on 4 January 1851 at Akeley, Buckinghamshire, where his father, John Holford Risley, was rector. His mother was Frances, daughter of John Hope, at one time residency surgeon of Gwalior. On 13 July 1863 he was elected a scholar of ...

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Sir Herbert Hope Risley (1851–1911) by Lafayette, c. 1910 © reserved; Royal Anthropological Institute, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Simcox, Edith Jemima (1844–1901), anthropologist and political activist, was born on 21 August 1844, the youngest child and only daughter of George Price Simcox, merchant, and his wife, Jemima (1816–1897), daughter of Lancelot Haslope and his wife, Harriet. Edith Simcox grew up in an educated middle-class family. Her two older brothers ...