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Adamson, Henry (bap. 1581, d. 1637), poet and historian, was baptized in Perth on 11 November 1581, the son of the merchant James Adamson (d. after 1617), who served as dean of guild in 1600 and provost between 1609 and 1612, and ...

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Alban [St Albans], Roger (d. after 1461), genealogist, copyist, and Carmelite friar, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and joined his order in London. He was ordained acolyte on 17 December 1401 and deacon on 19 December 1405. His name occurs as the copyist on three manuscripts, BL, Harley MS 3138 (dated 1424), Harley MS 211, and Stowe MS 8, and it has also been claimed that he copied BL, Stowe MS 38 and, in 1439, the anti-...

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Alger, John Goldworth (bap. 1836, d. 1907), journalist and historian, born at Diss, Norfolk, and baptized on 7 August 1836, was the only son of John Alger, a corn merchant of that town, and his wife, Jemima, daughter of Salem Goldworth, yeoman, of ...

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T. W. Bayne

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Allardyce, Alexander (1846–1896), journalist and historian, son of James Allardyce, farmer, was born on 21 January 1846 at Tillyminit, Gartly, in the parish of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire. He received his first lessons in Latin from his maternal grandmother and was then educated at Rhynie parish school...

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Amphlett, John (1845–1918), historian and diarist, was born at Sydenham, Kent, on 22 March 1845, the eldest of the three children of John Amphlett (1839–1868) of Clent and his wife, Jane (1812–1888), daughter of Robert Smithson of Skipwith, Yorkshire. John Amphlett was seventh in nine successive generations of ...

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André [Andreas], Bernard (c. 1450–1522), poet and historian, was a Frenchman by birth, being a native of Toulouse, but came to England together with, or shortly before, Henry VII, whose panegyrist and historiographer he became. He is described by a contemporary as of distinguished birth, and he had entered the ...

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Aston, Trevor Henry (1925–1985), historian and editor, was born at 24 Gowan Avenue, Fulham, London, on 14 June 1925, the first child of Oliver John Aston (1899–1969), an ironmonger's assistant, and his wife, Florence May Woods (1900–1986). Soon after the birth of Trevor's...

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Baines, Edward (1774–1848), newspaper proprietor, politician, and historian, was born at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, on 5 February 1774, the second son of Richard Baines (d. 1811) and his wife, Jane (née Chew). Richard Baines, who was born near Ripon and came from a farming family, had moved to ...

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Edward Baines (1774–1848) by John Cochran, pubd 1834 (after Thomas Hargreaves) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baines, Thomas (1806–1881), journalist, newspaper proprietor, and local historian, was born in Leeds, the third son of Edward Baines (1774–1848) and Charlotte Talbot, and younger brother of Matthew Talbot Baines and Sir Edward Baines. Both his father and brother represented Leeds in parliament...

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Thomas Baines (1806–1881) by unknown engraver, pubd 1868 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ball, Francis Elrington (1863–1928), author and historian, born on 18 July 1863 at Portmarnock, co. Dublin, was the third son of John Thomas Ball (1815–1898), lord chancellor of Ireland from 1875 to 1880, and his wife, Catherine (d. 1887), daughter of the ...

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Barbour, John (c. 1330–1395), ecclesiastic and verse historian, was author of the Old or Middle Scots poem The Bruce. His birth is usually placed about 1325, as much to give him a toehold in Robert I's reign as for anything his career tells us, and a slightly later date seems likelier. The trade name he inherited suggests that his father was a barber, and ...

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Bedford, Jessie [pseud. Elizabeth Godfrey] (1852/3–1918), novelist and historian, was born in Twyford, Hampshire, the younger of the two daughters of the Revd James Gover Bedford (1785–1871), a clergyman without parochial responsibilities, and his second wife, Emma, née Poulden (1818/19–1919). She had at least two elder stepsisters and one stepbrother from her father's previous marriage. She contributed short pieces to ...

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Benger, Elizabeth Ogilvy (1777–1827), historian and novelist, was born on 6 February 1777 at Wells, Somerset, where she was baptized on 13 March 1777, the only child of John Benger, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Chambers. Her father gave up trade in Wells...

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A. H. Bullen

revised by M. O. Grenby

Bisset, Robert (1758/9–1805), historian and novelist, was one of the leading anti-Jacobin writers during the era of the French Revolution. Little is known of his life beyond his published works. His first production, appearing in 1793–4 (with a second edition in 1799), was a new edition of ...

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Briggs, Katharine Mary (1898–1980), writer and folklorist, was born on 8 November 1898 at 102 Fellows Road, Hampstead, eldest daughter of Ernest Edward Briggs (1866–1913) and his wife, Mary Cooper (1867–1956). Her father belonged to a wealthy Unitarian family in Yorkshire, engaged in mining, banking, and various industrial enterprises; he made an unconventional but happy marriage with a farmer's daughter. After a serious illness at sixteen he had given up a career in the family firm for the ...

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Brydges, Sir (Samuel) Egerton, first baronet, styled thirteenth Baron Chandos (1762–1837), writer and genealogist, was born at Wootton Court, Wootton, between Canterbury and Dover, on 30 November 1762, the eighth child of Edward Bridges (or Brydges; 1712–1780) and his wife, Jemima (1728–1809), daughter of ...

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Buchan, Peter (1790–1854), folk-song collector, historian, and publisher, was born on 4 August 1790 at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the only son of Peter Buchan, a ships' pilot from Peterhead, and his wife, Janet Buchan of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire. On 20 June 1813 he married ...

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George Buchanan (1506–1582) after Arnold Bronckorst, 1581 © National Portrait Gallery, London