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Aitken, (Adam) Jack (1921–1998), lexicographer and philologist, was born on 19 June 1921 in Edinburgh, the only son and eldest of the three children of Adam Aitken (1896–1958), miner, and his first wife, Alexandrina Sutherland (1896–1931). He was baptized into the Church of Scotland...

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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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Hornby, Albert Sydney [nicknamed Ash] (1898–1978), grammarian and lexicographer, was born on 10 August 1898 at Melville Cottage, Garden Lane, Chester, the eldest of the four children of Joseph Sidney Hornby (1871–1940), publisher's agent, and his wife, Margaret Ann Kitchen (1872–1966). Joseph...

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Albert Sydney Hornby (1898–1978) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Minor, William Chester (1834–1920), military surgeon, asylum inmate, and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary, was born on 21 June 1834 at Manepay, Ceylon, the elder child of Eastman Strong Minor (1809–1867), printer and Congregational missionary of Milford, Connecticut, and his first wife, ...