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William Barnes (1801–1886) by George Stuckey, c. 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnes, William (1801–1886), poet and philologist, was born on 22 February 1801, in a cob and thatch cottage, Rushay Farm, on Bagber Common, near Sturminster Newton, Dorset, the sixth of seven children of John Barnes (bap. 1762, d. 1846), and his wife, ...

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Child, Francis James (1825–1896), philologist and ballad scholar, was born on 1 February 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Joseph Child (1792–1879), sailmaker, and his wife, Alice, née James (d. 1839?). He attended Boston's public schools before he was prepared for college at the Latin school there at the insistence and expense of its principal, ...

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Francis James Child (1825–1896) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dillon, Emile Joseph [pseud. E. B. Lanin] (1854–1933), journalist and philologist, was born in Dublin on 21 March 1854, the second son of Michael Dillon, a foundry and hardware merchant, and his wife, Mary Byrne. In accord with his father's wishes, Dillon...

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Emile Joseph Dillon (1854–1933) by Sir William Orpen National Gallery of Ireland

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Farrar, Frederic William (1831–1903), dean of Canterbury, novelist, and philologist, was born in the fort of Bombay on 7 August 1831, the second son of Revd Charles P. Farrar, then a chaplain with the Church Missionary Society, and his wife, Caroline Turner (...

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See Kavanagh, Julia

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Métivier, Georges (1790–1881), Guernsey patois poet and philologist, was born on 29 January 1790 in Fountain Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey, the second of the five children of Jean-Carey Métivier (1757–1796), advocate, and his wife, Esther (1762–1839), daughter of Jean Guille. He came of a French Huguenot family. His grandfather had fled from ...

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Morris, Richard (1833–1894), scholar of early English and philologist, was born at Bermondsey, London, on 8 September 1833, the son of David Morris, a Welsh hatter. He trained as an elementary schoolmaster at St John's College, Battersea, Surrey, though his education was largely self-acquired. On 16 March 1856 he married ...

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Murray, Hilda Mary Emily Ada Ruthven (1875–1951), philologist and literary scholar, was born on 17 November 1875 at Hammer's Lane, Mill Hill, London, the fifth child and eldest daughter of the lexicographer Sir James Murray (1837–1915) and his second wife, Ada Agnes, née...

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) by John Wyatt, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel (1892–1973), writer and philologist, was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, the elder son of Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1857–1896) and his wife, Mabel (1870–1904), daughter of John Suffield. His father and mother both came from ...

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Trübner, Nicholas (1817–1884), publisher and philologist, was born on 17 June 1817 at Heidelberg, Germany, the eldest of four sons of a goldsmith and his wife. His first school was the local Gymnasium where he began to study ancient and modern languages. He was apprenticed in 1831 to a university bookseller of ...

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Wardale, Edith Elizabeth (1863–1943), philologist and literary scholar, was born on 6 March 1863 at the rectory, Orcheston St Mary, Wiltshire, the daughter of the Revd John Wardale (1824–1903), rector of Orcheston St Mary and sometime fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and his wife, ...

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Whiter, Walter (1758–1832), philologist and literary scholar, born at Birmingham on 30 October 1758, was at King Henry VIII Grammar School, Coventry, for ten years, under Dr Edwards, where Robert Bree MD was a fellow pupil. He was admitted to Clare College, Cambridge...