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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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E. S. Shuckburgh

revised by Charles Brayne

Brimley, George (1819–1857), essayist and librarian, was born at Cambridge on 29 December 1819, the son of Augustine Gutteridge Brimley (1794-1862), and his first wife, Hannah née Gotobed (1789-1825). His father, a grocer and hop and provision merchant, was a Baptist, and was mayor of ...

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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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H. R. Tedder

revised by William Baker

Cochrane, John George (1780–1852), publisher and librarian, was born at Glasgow on 21 December 1780, the son of John Cochrane, who worked in the legal profession, and his wife, Katharine, née Morison. By the time he was twenty Cochrane worked in London, where he married, on 30 March 1805, ...

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Colomiès, Paul (1638–1692), writer and librarian, was born on 2 December 1638 at La Rochelle, France, the son of Jean Colomiès, a doctor at La Rochelle. His family came from Béarn, but his grandfather Jérome was a minister of the Reformed church at ...

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Greenwood, Thomas (1851–1908), promoter of public libraries and publisher, son of William and Nanny Greenwood, was born on 9 May 1851 at Mount Pleasant, Woodley, Cheshire. His father, a yeoman farmer turned millworker and an active Chartist, died when Thomas was just five months. From the age of three he attended ...

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Irving, David (1778–1860), literary scholar and librarian, was born on 5 December 1778 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, the youngest son of Janetus Irving, a baker, and Helen, née Little, whose family farmed at Canonbie, outside Langholm. He was educated both at the grammar school and at a small private school at ...

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Philip Arthur Larkin (1922–1985) by Humphrey Ocean, 1984 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Larkin, Philip Arthur (1922–1985), poet, writer, and librarian, was born at 2 Poultney Road, Radford, Coventry, on 9 August 1922, the only son and younger child of Sydney Larkin (1884–1948), city treasurer of Coventry, who came from Lichfield, and his wife, Eva Emily Day (1886–1977)...

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Thomas William Lyster (1855–1922) by John Butler Yeats courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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Lyster, Thomas William (1855–1922), librarian and literary scholar, was born on 17 December 1855 in Kilkenny, the elder son of Thomas Lyster of Rathdowney and Jane Smith of Roscrea. Lyster's father died early, leaving him as the main support of the family. Friends and colleagues were later to ascribe his strength of character and determination to this single event. He was educated at ...

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Noble, Francis (d. 1792), publisher and proprietor of a circulating library, and his brother John Noble (d. 1797), publisher and proprietor of a circulating library, are of uncertain origins. They may have been of French descent, and related to William Noble...

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Plarr, Victor Gustave (1863–1929), poet and librarian, was born on 21 June 1863 at Le Kupferhammer, near Strasbourg, the only son of Dr Gustavus Plarr (d. 1892), a distinguished Alsatian mathematician and foreign corresponding member of the British Association from 1857 to 1892, and ...

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Powell, Lawrence Fitzroy (1881–1975), literary scholar and librarian, was born at 235 Cowley Road, Oxford, on 9 August 1881. He was the youngest of the seven children of Harry Powell (1830–1886), a trumpeter, who was wounded in the charge of the light brigade...

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Ruddiman, Thomas (1674–1757), printer, classical scholar, and librarian, was born in October 1674 at Raggel, in the parish of Boyndie, Banffshire, one of at least three sons of James Ruddiman, a farmer and staunch royalist, and Margaret, daughter of Andrew Simpson, a neighbouring farmer. He excelled in classical studies at ...

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See Segar, Sir William

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Smith, Lucy Toulmin (1838–1911), literary scholar and librarian, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 21 November 1838, of English parents, Joshua Toulmin Smith (1816–1869), barrister, and his wife, Martha (d. 1887), daughter of William Jones Kendall. Her great-great-grandfather was the eminent Unitarian divine ...

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William George

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Taylor, John (1829–1893), author and librarian, born on 12 September 1829 at 15 (later 32) Berkeley Place, Clifton, Bristol, was the eldest son of John Taylor, ironmonger, and his wife, Ann Ackland. After leaving school he assisted his father in his business, but found time for much private study. During 1858–9 he contributed to the ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Michael Powell

Thyer, Robert (bap. 1709, d. 1781), librarian and literary editor, was born in Manchester and baptized at Manchester collegiate church on 20 February 1709, the son of Robert Thyer (bap. 1672), a silk weaver or barber, and Elizabeth Brabant, who married on 25 August 1703. Educated at ...

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Joseph Burney Trapp (1925–2005) by Mary Price, c. 1976 © Warburg Institute