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Dingwall, Eric John (1891?–1986), anthropologist and librarian, was born in Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon, the only son of Alexander Harvey Dingwall (1860–1936), a tea planter, and his wife, Catherine Emily, formerly Marson (1863?–1932). He seems not to have known his date of birth, but for official purposes would put down 21 April 1891. His death certificate gives his year of birth as 1890. He was educated at ...

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Jast, Louis Stanley (1868–1944), librarian, was born on 20 August 1868 in George Street, Halifax, Yorkshire, the third son of Stefan Louis de Jastrzebski (b. 1823), originally of Zebrzydowice, Poland, and his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, of Franche, Kidderminster. Jastrzebski served in the Polish Legion under ...

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MacAlister, Sir John Young Walker (1856–1925), librarian, was born on 10 May 1856 in Perth, the second of the surviving three sons and three daughters of Donald MacAlister (1825–1881), publisher's agent, and his wife, Euphemia Kennedy (fl. 1826–1905). Educated at Liverpool high school...

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McColvin, Lionel Roy (1896–1976), librarian, was born on 30 November 1896 at Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was the second son and third child of John Andrew McColvin, a portrait painter, and his wife, Isabel (née Stewart); there were two more children, of whom one, ...

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Nicholson, Edward Williams Byron (1849–1912), librarian, was born on 16 March 1849 in Green Street, St Helier, Jersey, the only child of Edward Nicholson RN (1821–1850) and Emily Hamilton Wall (1821–1890), an actress. His father had left the navy in 1847 and died in ...

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Edward Williams Byron Nicholson (1849–1912) by unknown engraver Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Poynter, Frederick Noël Lawrence (1908–1979), librarian and medical historian (known as Noël to family and friends), was born in London on 24 December 1908, the seventh of nine children of Herbert William Poynter and his wife, Margaret, née Gurry (1875/6–1924), originally from Cork...

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Sampson, John (1862–1931), librarian and Romani scholar, was born on 25 February 1862 at Schull, co. Cork, the eldest son and third of the six children of James Sampson (1813–1871), a chemist and mining engineer of Cornish stock, and his wife, Sarah Anne Macdermott (1829–1907)...