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Higgins, John (b. c. 1544, d. in or before 1620), poet and linguist, was a student at Christ Church, Oxford (according to Thomas Hearne), though his name does not appear in the university register. From about the age of twenty he began to 'learne the tongues' (...

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Hollyband, Claudius (1534/5–1597), linguist and writer, was born Claude de Sainliens (or Desainliens) in the Bourbonnais in central France, possibly in the city of Moulins. Nothing is known of his early life before he settled in England in 1564 or 1565 as a Huguenot refugee. A consummate self-publicist, he adapted extremely well to Elizabethan ...

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John Leyden (1775–1811) by Captain Elliot, 1811 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leyden, John (1775–1811), linguist and poet, was born on 8 September 1775 at Denholm, in the parish of Cavers, near Hawick, Roxburghshire, the son of John Leyden and Isabella Scott. A year later his parents took over a farm 3 miles away in ...