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MacLaren, Archibald (1819?–1884), teacher of physical education and author, was born at Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The details of his early life are obscure. He was brought up a Presbyterian. At about the age of sixteen he went to Paris and studied fencing, gymnastics, and medicine but became most interested in physical training. He settled in ...

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Thelwall, Algernon Sydney (1795–1863), Church of England clergyman and teacher of elocution, was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the eldest son of John Thelwall (1764–1834), the political reformer, and his wife, Susan Vellum (d. 1816). Educated by private tuition, he was admitted a pensioner at ...