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Austin, William (b. 1627/8, d. in or before 1677), poet and classical scholar, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Southwark, the second son in the family of four children of William Austin (c. 1587–1634), writer and barrister, and his second wife, ...

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Baker, William (bap. 1742, d. 1785), printer and classical scholar, was baptized on 5 April 1742 at St Mary, Reading, the son of William Baker, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane, née Cox. His father had hoped for a career in the church for him, encouraged in this by ...

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Barker, Edmund Henry (1788–1839), classical scholar and editor, was born at Hollym vicarage, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on 22 December 1788, the eldest son of Robert Barker (1750–1816), vicar of Hollym-with-Withernsea, and his wife, Ann, née Atkinson (d. 1829). After receiving his schooling at ...

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Blaquiere, Edward (1779–1832), author and philhellene, was born in Ireland, the sixth of eight children of James Blaquiere (1726–1803), soldier and farmer. His father, a lieutenant-colonel in the 13th dragoons, was the brother of John Blaquiere, first Baron de Blaquiere (1732–1812), and both were among the nine children of ...

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Burley, Walter (b. 1274/5, d. in or after 1344), philosopher and commentator on Aristotle, was born (on the evidence of a note in one of his own works which records his age as sixty-two in 1337) in 1274 or 1275, possibly either at ...

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Cannan, Charles (1858–1919), Aristotelian scholar and publisher, was born at Richmond, Surrey, on 2 August 1858, son of David Alexander Cannan (1820–1877), a building contractor of Kirkcudbrightshire, and his wife, Jane Dorothea Claude (1822–1861), a Sunday school teacher of Huguenot descent. His brother was the economist ...

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Charles Cannan (1858–1919) by Gillman & Co., 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Case, Janet Elizabeth (1863–1937), classics teacher and journalist, was born on 28 July 1863 at 117 Adelaide Road, Hampstead, London, the youngest of the six daughters of William Arthur Case (1818–1872), schoolmaster and fellow of University College, London, and his wife, Sarah Wolridge Stansfeld...

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Conches, William de (c. 1085–c. 1154), grammarian and commentator on classical texts, derived from Conches in south-east Normandy. The most important source for his life is the Metalogicon of John of Salisbury, who studied under William between 1138 and 1141. John says that ...

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Deverell [formerly Pedley], Robert (1760–1841), author and classical scholar, was born in May or June 1760, the second son of Simon Pedley of St Stephen's, Bristol, and his wife, a daughter of Robert Deverell, a merchant of Bristol. He was educated in ...

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Francis [née Gittins], Ann (bap. 1738, d. 1800), classical scholar and poet, was baptized on 7 April 1738 in South Stoke, near Arundel, Sussex, the daughter of Jane Sapp (bap. 1718, d. 1779) and the Revd Daniel Gittins, rector of South Stoke...

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Gordon, Thomas (d. 1750), pamphleteer and classical scholar, was born in Kirkcudbright. He may have been educated at some Scottish university before he became an advocate at the Scottish bar in 1716. He went to London as a young man and taught languages, and by 1719 was probably the author of the much-reprinted anti-clerical ...

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Grierson [née Crawley], Constantia (1704/5–1732), classical scholar and editor, was born in co. Kilkenny of 'poor illiterate country people' (Pilkington, 1.17) and was tutored in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, and French by her local vicar. She was also knowledgeable in mathematics, and her mother insisted that she became efficient in needlework. According to ...

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Headlam, Walter George (1866–1908), classical scholar and poet, was born at 24 Norfolk Square, Hyde Park, London, on 15 February 1866. He was the second son of Edward Headlam, fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, director of examinations in the civil service commission...

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Walter George Headlam (1866–1908) by Hills & Saunders, c. 1884 King's College Archives, Cambridge

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Housman, Alfred Edward (1859–1936), poet and classical scholar, was born on 26 March 1859 at Valley House, Fockbury, a hamlet near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the first of the seven children (born within the space of ten years) of Edward Housman (1831–1894), solicitor, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Edward Housman (1859–1936) by Francis Dodd, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jodrell, Richard Paul (1745–1831), classical scholar and playwright, was born on 13 November 1745, the eldest of three sons of Paul Jodrell (1715?–1751), of St Andrew's parish, Holborn, and Duffield, Derbyshire, who was solicitor-general to Frederick, prince of Wales, and his wife, Elizabeth...

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Johnson, John de Monins (1882–1956), printer, ephemerist, and classical scholar, was born on 17 May 1882 at Kirmington, Lincolnshire, the second son and third child of the vicar, the Revd John Henry Johnson (1841–1938), and his wife, Anna Braithwaite, née Savory (1846–1928). He was educated at ...