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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...

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Sir (Harold) Idris Bell (1879–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clark, John (d. 1807), scholar of Scottish Gaelic literature and land agent, was, in the astringent judgement of the Celtic scholar Alexander Macbain, 'James Macpherson's fellow Badenoch man, contemporary, friend, and sincere imitator in poetry and literary honesty' (Macbain, 186). In 1778 ...

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Flower, Robin Ernest William (1881–1946), scholar of Irish literature and poet, was born on 16 October 1881 at Meanwood, Leeds, the son of Marmaduke Clement William Flower, a portrait painter who had fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War after being disowned by his family, and his wife, ...

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Iaco ab Dewi [James Davies] (1647/8–1722), copyist and translator, was born in Llandysul, Cardiganshire. There is no record of his birth or baptism and nothing is known of his family antecedents, but he appears to have lived to early adulthood in Carmarthenshire. Under the influence of ...

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Jones, Sir John Morris- (1864–1929), Welsh scholar and poet, was born at Trefor, Llandrygarn, Anglesey, on 17 October 1864, the eldest son of Morris Jones (d. 1879) and his wife, Elizabeth Roberts, shopkeepers, both originally of Llanrug, Caernarvonshire. When he was three years old his parents moved to ...

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Jones, Robert (1810–1879), writer on Welsh literature and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 January 1810 at Llanfyllin in Montgomeryshire, the eldest son of Robert Jones, a bailiff. He was educated at Oswestry grammar school and at Jesus College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 12 December 1833 and graduated BA in 1837. Ordained deacon by the bishop of ...

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MacGregor, Alexander (1806–1881), Church of Scotland minister and writer of Scottish Gaelic prose, was born on 26 May 1806 at the Mission House, Dalfuil, Glengairn, near Ballater, the eldest of the four children of the Revd Robert MacGregor (1767–1846) and his wife, Janet Menzies...

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Mackenzie, John (1806–1848), collector of Gaelic verse, was born on 17 July 1806 at Meallan Theàrlaich in the parish of Gairloch, Ross-shire. His father, Alasdair, was closely related to the Mackenzie lairds of Gairloch, and his mother, Margaret Mackenzie, was a granddaughter of a famous minister, ...

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MacLachlan, Ewen (1773–1822), poet and Gaelic scholar, was born at Torracaltin, Nether Lochaber, the son of a weaver. After attending the parish school at Kilmallie, he worked as private tutor to several prominent local families. Financial assistance from the chief of the clan ...

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Nutt, Alfred Trübner (1856–1910), publisher and Celtic scholar, was born in London on 22 November 1856, the eldest and only surviving son of David Nutt (d. 1863), a foreign bookseller and publisher, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Robert Carter and granddaughter of ...

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Pollard [née Gladstone], Margaret Steuart (1904–1996), Cornish poet, was born at 2 Whitehall Court, London, on 1 March 1904, daughter of John Steuart Gladstone (1862–1920), an East India merchant, and his wife, Anne Fitzgibbon, and granddaughter of W. E. Gladstone's niece Mary Ellen...