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Barnard, Howard Clive (1884–1985), educational historian, was born on 7 June 1884 at 11 King Edward Street in the heart of the City of London, the only child of Howard Barnard, journalist, and his wife, Sarah Ann Haggis. During the eighteenth century his ancestors established a firm of silversmiths in the ...

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Murray, Margaret Alice (1863–1963), Egyptologist and folklorist, was born in Calcutta on 13 July 1863, the younger daughter of James Charles Murray (d. 1891) and his wife, Margaret Carr (d. 1913?). James Murray, whose family had been in India for several generations, was managing partner of a firm of ...

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Margaret Alice Murray (1863–1963) by Lafayette, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sanders, Ruth Vernon Manning- [née Ruth Vernon Manning] (1888–1988), writer and folklorist, was born on 21 August 1888 in Swansea, the youngest of three daughters of John Edmondson Manning (1848–1910), Unitarian minister, and his wife. Brought up in a book-loving, play-acting household and moving to ...

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Shields, Cuthbert [formerly Robert Laing] (1840–1908), historian and eccentric, was born on 21 March 1840 in George Street, North Shields, Northumberland, the first child of Robert Laing, master mariner, and his wife, Charlotte Sophia, daughter of Dr Charles Coleman of Maidstone, Kent...

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Frederick Arthur Simpson (1883–1974) by Adrian Savage, 1929 The Master and Fellows, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Simpson, Frederick Arthur (1883–1974), historian and eccentric, was born at Caldbeck in Cumberland on 22 November 1883, the second son in the family of two sons and one daughter of William Frederick Simpson, rector of the parish, and his wife, Frances, daughter of ...