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Alexander, Alexander [Alick] (1849–1928), promoter of physical education, was born in Liverpool on 14 May 1849, the second son of W. C. Alexander, a chief carpenter in the Royal Navy who had settled in Liverpool at the end of his period of service. Following an education at ...

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Beauclerc, Marie Bethell (1845–1897), shorthand reporter and teacher of shorthand, was born Maria Bethell at 24 Crescent Street, Somers Town, London, on 10 October 1845, the daughter of Richard Bethell, merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sayer (1809–1885). As an infant, and in the absence of her parents who had been compelled to go abroad, she was left in the care of a nurse. Later in life, in an account of her childhood, she recollected being taken at the age of four from ...

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Marie Bethell Beauclerc (1845–1897) by A. Marlow reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Buckton [née Williams], Catherine Mary (1826/7–1904), promoter of household science teaching, was born in London, the daughter of John Morgan Williams, a surgeon, later of Llandaff, Glamorgan. On 22 March 1849 she married Joseph Buckton, a Leeds cloth merchant, with whom she had a son and a daughter. She was a founder member of the ...

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Calder, Fanny Louisa (1838–1923), promoter of education in domestic subjects, was born on 26 March 1838, at 26 Rodney Street, Liverpool, the youngest of the eleven children of James Calder and his wife, Jane Elizabeth Mitchell. Her father was a cotton merchant and the family had lived in ...

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Calvert, Frederick Baltimore (1793–1877), actor and lecturer on elocution, was one of the eight children of Charles Calvert (1754–1797) [see under Calvert, Charles (1785-1852)], an amateur painter and steward to the duke of Norfolk at Glossop Hall, Derbyshire, and his wife, ...

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Castelvetro, Giacomo (bap. 1546, d. 1616), writer and teacher of Italian, was born in Modena, Italy, and was baptized there at S. Barnaba, on 25 March 1546, the third son and ninth child of Niccolò Castelvetro (d. 1578), a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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Clarke [née Nicolls], Edith (1844–1926), promoter of household science teaching, was born on 27 October 1844 at Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill, Kent, daughter of Lieutenant Edward Nicolls RN (d. 1844) and his wife, Mary Ellen Peacock. She was the maternal granddaughter of ...

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John Davies (1564/55–1618) by unknown engraver, pubd 1633 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, John (1564/5–1618), poet and writing-master, was born at Hereford (his birthplace was always noted on his title-pages—'John Davies of Hereford'—apparently to distinguish him from the prominent contemporary poet Sir John Davies). He was probably born a Roman Catholic and was certainly identified as one in 1611 (...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Dufief, Nicolas Gouin (1776?–1834), teacher of French, was a native of Nantes. His father, Nicolas-Henri Dufief, a knight of the order of St Louis, served during the French Revolution as a volunteer under the French princes in Germany; his mother, the Comtesse Victoire Aimée Libault Gouin Dufief...

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John Florio (1553–1625) by William Hole, 1611 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Florio, John (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages, was born in London, the son of a Tuscan former Franciscan friar, Michael Angelo Florio (d. 1566x71), and of an Englishwoman whose identity has not been determined. His father, like the famous Italian reformers and preachers ...

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Fox, Sir (George) Malcolm (1843–1918), army officer and advocate of physical training, was born at 7 Wardwick, Derby, on 4 March 1843, younger son of Douglas Fox (1798–1885), surgeon (elder brother of Sir Charles Fox, 1810–1879, civil engineer), and his wife, Marianne (1814–1898)...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by John D. Haigh

Hamilton, James (1769–1829), teacher of languages, is thought to have been born at Dublin, where he was taught for four years at a school kept by Beatty and Mulhall, two Jesuit priests. For about three years before the revolution he was in business in ...

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Hope, Louisa Octavia Augusta (1814–1893), promoter of household science teaching, was the youngest of the twelve children of Charles Hope, Lord Granton (1763–1851), the tory politician and lord president of the court of session, and of his wife (and cousin), Lady Charlotte Hope (1771–1834)...

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Hopkins, William (fl. 1674), stenographer and writing master, wrote The flying pen-man, or, The art of short-writing by a more easie, exact, compendious, and speedy way (1674), using a system related to those of Thomas Shelton, Jeremiah Rich, and especially Theophilus Metcalfe. Beautifully engraved with ornamental borders and a frontispiece portrait of ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Roger Hutchins

Hunt, Thomas Perkins Lowman (1802–1851), speech therapist, was born at Whitchurch, Dorset, and is said to have been educated at Winchester College. He was admitted as a pensioner, aged twenty, at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 7 June 1822, with the intention of becoming a minister of the ...

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Kidder, Edward (1665/6–1739), cookery teacher and writer, taught cookery in London between about 1720 and 1734, but little else about his life is known. The evidence for his activities is confined mostly to his one published work, the Receipts of Pastry and Cookery...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by S. J. Skedd

Lawson, John (1708/9–1759), writer on oratory, was born in Magherafelt, co. Londonderry, the son of Alexander Lawson (d. 1718), Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife, Katherine. After being tutored by a Mr McMahon in Monaghan, Lawson entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar, on 1 June 1727, aged eighteen, and won a scholarship in 1729. He graduated BA (1731), MA (1734), and DD (1745), and became a fellow in 1735. He held a succession of university posts before being elected Erasmus Smith professor of oratory and history in 1750. Unlike some of his predecessors ...