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Margrie, William (1877–1960), philosopher and eccentric, was born at 202 St George's Road, Camberwell, south London, on 7 April 1877, the youngest of five children of William Leslie Margrie, a carpenter and joiner who later had a builder's and house decorator's firm in ...

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William Martin (1772–1851) by George Patten, c. 1821 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Seccombe

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Martin, William (1772–1851), eccentric and self-proclaimed philosopher, was born on 21 June 1772 at the Twohouse, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, the eldest of four sons of (William) Fenwick Martin (d. 1813) and his wife, Isabella (d. 1813), daughter of Richard Thompson, a farmer. The second son, ...