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Aston, William George (1841–1911), diplomatist and Japanese and Korean scholar, was born on 9 April 1841 near Londonderry, one of the five children of George Robert Aston, minister of the Unitarian Church of Ireland and schoolmaster. He was educated at Saintfield national school...

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William George Aston (1841–1911) by Minnie Agnes Cohen, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chamberlain, Basil Hall [called Ōdō] (1850–1935), Japanologist, was born on 18 October 1850 in Southsea, Hampshire, the eldest son of William Charles Chamberlain (1818–1878), an admiral in the British navy, and his wife, Eliza Jane (1825?–1856?), daughter of Captain Basil Hall RN...