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Bellows, John Thomas (1831–1902), printer, lexicographer, and archaeologist, born at Carthew House, Church Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, on 18 January 1831, was the elder of the two sons of William Lamb Bellows (1798–1877), schoolmaster, of Bere Regis, Dorset, and his wife, Hannah Stickland (1790–1874)...

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John Thomas Bellows (1831–1902) by H. W. Watson, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abel Boyer (1667?–1729) by François Chéreau the elder (after Hans Hysing) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boyer, Abel (1667?–1729), lexicographer and journalist, was most probably born on 24 June 1667, at Castres in the upper Languedoc, the son of Pierre Boyer, one of the two chief magistrates or consuls of Castres, and Catherine Campdomerc (b. 1651), the eighth child of the marriage of ...

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Croft, Sir Herbert, fifth baronet (1751–1816), writer and lexicographer, was born at Dunster Park, Berkshire, on 1 November 1751 and was baptized the following day at St Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, the eldest son of Herbert Croft (1717/18–1785) of Stifford in Essex, the receiver to the ...

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Falconer, William (bap. 1732, d. 1770), poet and lexicographer, was baptized in Edinburgh on 11 February 1732, which was possibly also the day of his birth. He was one of three children of William Falconer, wig maker, and Agnes Shand of the Nether Bow, Edinburgh...

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Furnivall, Frederick James (1825–1910), textual scholar and editor, was born on 4 February 1825 in Egham, Surrey, the eldest of the nine children of George Frederick Furnivall (1781–1865) and Sophia Hughes Barwell (1794–1879). Furnivall's father, descended from a family of Cheshire yeoman farmers, was trained at ...

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Frederick James Furnivall (1825–1910) by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garland, John of (b. c. 1195, d. in or after 1258), grammarian, lexicographer, and poet, was born in England, in a place he calls by its Latin name Gingia, perhaps Ginge in the Wantage hundred in Berkshire.

Garland studied at Oxford University under one ...

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Gillow, Joseph (1850–1921), biographical lexicographer and genealogist, was born on 5 October 1850 at Frenchwood House, Preston, Lancashire, the son of Joseph Gillow (1801–1872), a magistrate, and his wife, Jane Haydock, née Smith (1805–1872), of Lea. The Gillows were a long-established Roman Catholic yeoman family who could trace an unbroken pedigree back to ...

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Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1756–7 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnson, Samuel (1709–1784), author and lexicographer, was born in Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, on 7 September 1709 (after the change of calendar in 1752 he celebrated his birthday on 18 September), the first child of Michael Johnson (1657–1731) and his wife, Sarah Ford (1669–1759)...

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Longmuir, John (1803–1883), poet and lexicographer, was born on 13 November 1803 near Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, the son of John Longmuir and his wife, Christian Paterson. In 1814 his parents moved to Aberdeen, where he was educated at the grammar school, and at Marischal College...

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Miege, Guy (bap. 1644, d. in or after 1718), author and lexicographer, was baptized in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland, on 30 May 1644, a younger son of Sebastian Meyjoz (d. after 1674) or Meige and his wife, Esther Blevet. Admitted as a student to the ...

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Ó Neachtain, Tadhg [Thady Naughton or Norton] (c. 1670–c. 1752), scribe and lexicographer, was probably the eldest son of Seán Ó Neachtain (1645x50?–1729) and his first wife, Úna Nagle (d. c.1703), and was born about 1670, maybe even in Dublin...

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Ransford, Teresa Mary (Tessa) (1938–2015), poet, editor, and library founder, was born on 8 July 1938 in Bombay, India, the daughter of Col. Sir Alister John Ransford (1895–1974), master of the mint in Bombay from 1931 to 1947, and his wife ...

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Salaman, Raphael Arthur (1906–1993), collector and lexicographer of tradesmen's tools, was born on 24 April 1906 at Homestall, Barley, near Royston, Hertfordshire, the fourth of six children of Redcliffe Nathan Salaman (1874–1955), physician and scientist, and his wife, Pauline Ruth (Nina), née Davis (1877–1925)...

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Thomas, Thomas (1553–1588), printer and lexicographer, was born, according to the Dictionary of National Biography, in the city of London on 25 December 1553, the son of Thomas Thomas, ‘gentleman’. He was educated at Eton College between 1565 and 1571, and on 24 August 1571 entered ...

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Ware, James Redding (1832–1909), writer and lexicographer, was born in Southwark, Surrey, on 17 October 1832, the eldest son of James Ware (1801/2–1849), a grocer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Redding (b. c.1805), of 102 Union Street, Southwark. Ware was not listed at home at the time of the 1841 census. According to his father the young man had by 1848 received 'an excellent education' and had been found 'a situation in a mercantile house in the City'. However, the young ...

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