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Baring, Maurice (1874–1945), poet and author, was born at 37 Church Street, Mayfair, London, on 27 April 1874, the fifth son of Edward Charles Baring (1828–1897), who became first Baron Revelstoke, banker, and his wife, Louisa Emily Charlotte (d. 1892), daughter of ...

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Maurice Baring (1874–1945) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Sir William (1909–1992), diplomatist and Russian scholar, was born on 19 July 1909 at 3 Plank Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Barker, master baker and later licensed victualler, and his wife, Annie, formerly Arden (née...

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Bruford, Walter Horace (1894–1988), German and Russian scholar, was born at 4 Alexandra Street, Broughton, Salford, on 14 July 1894, the son of Francis James Bruford, drainage inspector, and his wife, Annie, née Fox. He attended Manchester grammar school, where he received a thorough grounding in both the classics and modern languages. He then went with a scholarship to ...

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Chamberlayne, Thomas (fl. 1609–1638), soldier and expert on Russia, began his eighteen-year military career as a sentinel and rose to the rank of captain; nothing is known about his birth, family, or education. In 1609, with the approval of the English government, he assisted ...

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Crankshaw, Edward (1909–1984), writer and commentator on Soviet affairs, was born on 3 January 1909 in London, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Arthur Crankshaw, later chief clerk to Old Street magistrates' court, and of his wife, Amy Bishop. He was small in stature and suffered from a weak chest, and the family soon moved out to ...

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Cushing, George Frederick (1923–1996), Hungarian scholar, was born in Holway Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 17 February 1923, the son of George Irvine James Cushing, United Methodist minister, and his wife, Mary Emily, née Hutchinson. He was educated as a foundation scholar at Nottingham high school...

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Foote, (Irwin) Paul (1926–2011), Russian scholar and translator, was born in Princess Road, Swanage, Dorset, on 14 July 1926, the youngest of five sons of Tom Foote (1886–1944), butcher, and his wife, Ellen, née Weeks (1887–1965). His brother, Peter Godfrey Foote (1924–2009), was a distinguished Old Icelandic scholar. ...

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Forbes, Nevill (1883–1929), Slavonic scholar, was born on 19 February 1883 at Forbes's (later Ashbee's), Godden Green, Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent, the younger child of Francis Augustine Forbes (1844–1911), stockbroker, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Carrick (1842–1925). His mother's family was resident in ...

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Glenny, Michael Valentine Guybon (1927–1990), Russian scholar and translator, was born at 45 Devonshire Street, London, on 26 September 1927, the only child of Arthur Willoughby Falls Glenny (d. 1947) and his wife, Avice Noel Boyes. His father was an RAF officer, rising to the rank of air commodore, and his mother, a South African, drove ambulances in the Second World War. After preparatory school in ...

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Goy, Edward Dennis [Ned] (1926–2000), Serbo-Croat scholar, was born on 22 September 1926 at 85 First Avenue, Enfield, Middlesex, the son of Edward Smith Goy, a silk merchant originally from Hull, and Elizabeth Maud Dennis, seamstress. At the time of his birth registration his father lived at ...

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Hare, Richard Gilbert (1907–1966), Russian scholar, was born on 5 September 1907 in London, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Richard Granville Hare, Viscount Ennismore, later fourth earl of Listowel (1866–1931), and his wife, ...

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Hayward, Harry Maxwell [Max] (1924–1979), Russian scholar and translator, was born on 28 July 1924 at 15 Birley Road, Whetstone, north London, the elder of two sons of Harry Hayward and his wife, Emily Schofield. During his early childhood his family moved several times, before settling in ...

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Dame Elizabeth Mary Hill (1900–1996) by unknown photographer, c. 1980 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Hill, Dame Elizabeth Mary (1900–1996), Russian and Slavonic scholar, was born on 24 October 1900 in St Petersburg, Russia, the fifth of the six children (and second of the three daughters) of Frederick William Hill (1860–1924), merchant, and his wife, Louisa Maria Wilhelmina Sophia, ...

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Koteliansky, Samuel Solomonovich [known as Kot] (1880–1955), translator and literary associate, was born on 28 February 1880 in Ostropol, Starokonstantinov district, Volhynia province (present-day Ukraine), a part of the Russian empire's vast pale of settlement to which Jews were confined. He was naturalized as a British citizen in 1929, and in his British passport his date of birth is given as 1 April 1880, a discrepancy that is most likely an instance of ...

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Mirsky, Dmitry Svyatopolk (1890–1939), Russian scholar, was born on 9 September (28 August os) 1890 on his father's country estate at Gievka, near Kharkov, Ukraine, the second of the four children and eldest son of Prince Pyotr Dmitryevich Svyatopolk-Mirsky (1857–1914), army officer and civil servant, and his wife, ...

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Morfill, William Richard (1834–1909), Slavonic languages scholar, was born on 17 November 1834 at Maidstone, Kent, the second of the three children of William Morfill (1807–c.1870), a professional musician, and his wife, Elizabeth (fl. 1816–1836), née Couchman. The Morfills are thought to have been of Huguenot origin, but ...

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William Richard Morfill (1834–1909) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1893 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Partridge [née McMain], Monica Agnes (1915–2008), Russian and Slavonic scholar, was born on 25 May 1915 at 64 Cedar Road, Northampton, the daughter of John McMain, elementary schoolmaster, and his wife, Florence Emma Marjorie, née Roberts. She grew up in Northampton, attending ...