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See Bleek, Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel

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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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Buchan, David Duncan (1939–1994), folklorist, was born in Aberdeen on 7 January 1939, the only son of Joseph Duncan Buchan (1905–1979), marine scientist, and his wife, Elsie Anne (née Robb; 1906–1991), legal secretary. He was educated in the fishing village of Findochty, Banffshire...

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Elizabeth Lee

revised by G. A. Elwes

Busk, Rachel Harriette (1831–1907), folklorist, was born at 22 Cumberland Street, London, the youngest of the five daughters of Hans Busk the elder (1772–1862), scholar and poet, and his wife, Maria (1788–1840), daughter of Joseph Green. An elder sister of Rachel's was Mrs Julia Clara Byrne (1819–1894)...

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Campbell, John Francis, of Islay (1821?–1885), folklorist, was born in Edinburgh probably on 29 December 1821, the eldest son of Walter Frederick Campbell of Islay (1798–1855), MP for Argyll, and his first wife, Lady Eleanor Charteris (1796–1832), eldest daughter of Francis Charteris, ...

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Carmichael, Alexander (1832–1912), folklorist, was born on 1 December 1832 and baptized on 8 December on the island of Lismore, in western Argyll; his parents were Hugh Carmichael and his wife, Betty, née MacColl. The Carmichaels were a family of long standing in ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by John D. Haigh

Denham, Michael Aislabie (1800/01–1859), collector of folklore, was a native of Bowes, Yorkshire, who worked at Hull in the early part of his life and ultimately settled as a general merchant at Piercebridge, near Gainford, co. Durham, where he was a member of the ...

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Douglas, (Constance) Mona (1898–1987), folklorist, was born on 18 September 1898 at 49 Allerton Road, Much Woolton, Liverpool (although she claimed to have been born on the Ellan Vannin, on passage between the Isle of Man and Liverpool). She was the daughter of ...

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Faragher, Edward [pseud. Neddy Beg Hom Ruy] (1831–1908), folklorist, was born on 30 March 1831 in Cregneash, Isle of Man, the eldest of the ten children of Edward Faragher, farmer and fisherman, and his wife, Eunice, née Faragher. Born into a Manx Gaelic-speaking community, ...

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Marjory Kennedy- Fraser (1857–1930) by John Duncan Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Fraser, Marjory Kennedy- (1857–1930), folklorist, was born at 50 High Street, Perth, on 1 October 1857, the daughter of David Kennedy (1825–1886), a great singer of traditional Scots songs, and his second wife, Elizabeth Fraser (b. 1827); their family eventually numbered eleven children. The ...

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Freer, Ada Goodrich (1857–1931), folklorist and psychical researcher, was born at Uppingham on 15 May 1857, the daughter of George Freer, a veterinary surgeon, and his wife, Mary, née Adcock. Throughout her life she concealed her origin, giving the impression of coming from ...

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Garnett, Lucy Mary Jane (1849–1934), folklorist and traveller, was born in Sheffield, the daughter of Thomas Garnett, surgeon, and his wife, Lucy Sarah, née Roberts. Lucy Garnett travelled extensively in the Balkans and Middle East, recording the customs of the people among whom she lived. In ...

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Albert Nicholson

revised by Angus J. L. Winchester

Gibson, Alexander Craig (1813–1874), folklorist, born at Harrington, Cumberland, on 17 March 1813, was the eldest son of Joseph Gibson, mariner, and his wife, Mary Stuart Craig, who was from Dumfriesshire, in which county Gibson spent part of his childhood. He trained in medicine in ...

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Gill, William Henry (1839–1923), Manx folklorist and composer, was born in Marsala, Sicily, on 24 October 1839, the eldest son of Joseph Gill (1810–1876), civil engineer, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta, née Stephen (1805–1862). Both parents were born in the Isle of Man...

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Gomme [née Merck], Alice Bertha, Lady Gomme (1853–1938), folklorist, was born on 4 January 1853 at 5 South Molton Street, in the registration district of St George, Hanover Square, London, the daughter of Charles Antony Thomas Merck, a master tailor, and his wife, ...

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Sir (George) Laurence Gomme (1853–1916) by Bassano, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gomme, Sir (George) Laurence (1853–1916), public servant and folklorist, was born on 18 December 1853 at 3 Cecil Street, Stepney, London, the second of ten children of William Laurence Gomme (1828–1887), a civil engineer, and his wife, Mary Annie, née Hall (1831–1921). On 31 March 1875 he married ...

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Gregor, Walter (1825–1897), folklorist, was born on 23 October 1825 at Forgieside, in the parish of Keith, in Banffshire, the son of James Gregor, tenant farmer, and Janet Leslie. He was educated at the school in Keith, a successful parochial school of the old style, gaining a bursary in 1845 to pursue a distinguished undergraduate career at ...

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Gregory [née Persse], (Isabella) Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852–1932), playwright, folklorist, and literary patron, was born on 15 March 1852, at Roxborough House, near Loughrea, co. Galway, Ireland, the twelfth of sixteen children of Dudley Persse (1802–1878), and his second wife, Frances, née...