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Robert Speaight

revised by Annette Peach

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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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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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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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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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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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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Pennington, Anne Elizabeth (1934–1981), Slavonic philologist, was born on 31 March 1934 at Maarama, Pigeon Lane, Herne Bay, Kent, the second daughter of Alan Mather Pennington (1889–1955), manufacturer, and his wife, Janet Winifred, née Aitken (1894–1966), teacher. She was educated at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School, Canterbury...

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Ralston, William Ralston Shedden- (1828–1889), librarian, folklorist, and Russian scholar, was born on 4 April 1828 in York Terrace, Regent's Park, London, the only son of William Patrick Ralston Shedden (1794–1880), merchant of Calcutta, and his wife, Frances Sophia, daughter of William Browne...

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William Ralston Shedden- Ralston (1828–1889) by I. S.? Panov (after unknown artist, c. 1875) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stuart, John Spencer Innes [Johnny] (1940–2003), Russian scholar and art historian, was born on 20 May 1940 at 55 Queen's Road, Aberdeen, the son of Innes Stuart (1905–1992), a Scottish landowner and insurance official then serving as a captain in the Gordon Highlanders...

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Nevill Forbes

revised by John D. Haigh

Turner, Charles Edward (1831–1903), Russian scholar, was born at King's Lynn on 21 September 1831, the second son of John Alderson Turner of the legacy office. He entered St Paul's School on 9 February 1843, and remained until August 1850. On 29 March 1854 he was admitted commoner at ...

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Wratislaw, Albert Henry (1821–1892), headmaster and Czech scholar, was born on 5 November 1821 (often wrongly given as 1822) at Rugby, Warwickshire, the eldest son of William Ferdinand Wratislaw (1788–1853), a solicitor, and his wife, Charlotte Anne, née Keele (d. 1863). He was educated at ...