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Abercrombie, Lascelles (1881–1938), poet and literary critic, was born at Manor House, Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire, on 9 January 1881, the sixth son, and the tenth of eleven children (two of whom died in childhood), of William Abercrombie (1838–1908), stockbroker, of Ashton upon Mersey...

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Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birchall (1841–1879), lecturer on philosophy and journal editor, was born on 16 March 1841, at Reading, the second son of the Revd Robert Appleton (d. 1875). He was educated at Reading School, of which his father was headmaster. He matriculated at ...

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Armstrong, Lilias Eveline (1882–1937), phonetician, born on 29 September 1882 at 152 Eccles New Road, Pendlebury, near Manchester, was the daughter of James William Armstrong, Free Methodist church minister, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, née Hunter. On 24 September 1926, at the ...

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Beattie, James Hay (1768–1790), writer and university teacher, was born on 6 November 1768 in Aberdeen, the first of two surviving children of James Beattie (1735–1803), poet and moral philosopher, and his wife, Mary, or Mally (bap. 1744, d. 1807), daughter of ...

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Arthur Christopher Benson (1862–1925) by Sir William Nicholson, 1924 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head, was born on 24 April 1862 at Wellington College, the son of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), first headmaster of the college and later archbishop of Canterbury, and his wife, Mary, née Sidgwick (1841–1918). He was the brother of ...

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Bicarton, Thomas (fl. 1570–1590), author and teacher of rhetoric, was probably born in St Andrews, where his father, John Bicarton, a saddler, was an early adherent of the protestant congregation—but an unruly member. In 1559 John had become trustee for the property of the expelled Dominican community. Five years later, by refusing to present one of ...

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Blair, Hugh (1718–1800), Church of Scotland minister and literary critic, was born in Edinburgh on 7 April 1718, the only child of John Blair, a clerk in the Excise Office, and Martha, daughter of Alexander Ogston, an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife, Martha...

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Blunden, Edmund Charles (1896–1974), poet and university teacher, was born on 1 November 1896 at 54A Tottenham Court Road, London, the eldest of the nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Charles Edmund Blunden (1871–1951) and his wife, Georgina Margaret (1868–1967), daughter of ...

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Edmund Charles Blunden (1896–1974) by Ralph Hodgson, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buchanan, Robert (1786–1873), logician and playwright, was a cadet of the clan Buchanan. He was born on 16 February 1786 at Trean, Callander, the son of John Buchanan, a farmer. He graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in 1808, where he specially distinguished himself in the philosophy classes. He was for a period tutor in the family of ...

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Butler [née Evans], Marilyn Speers (1937–2014), literary scholar and college head, was born on 11 February 1937 at 67 Kenley Road, Coombe, Kingston on Thames, the younger child of Sir Trevor Maldwyn Evans (1902–1981), journalist, and his wife, Margaret Speers (Madge), ...

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John Churton Collins (1848–1908) by Thomas W. Holgate © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Collins, John Churton (1848–1908), university extension teacher and advocate of the academic study of English literature, was born on 26 March 1848 at Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the three sons of Henry Ramsay Collins, physician, and his wife, Maria, ...

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Cowper, Edward Shickle (1790–1852), printing engineer and university teacher, was born on 25 February 1790 at Southwark, the son of Edward Cowper, tea dealer. He was apprenticed in 1804 to Benjamin Lepard, a wholesale stationer in Covent Garden, and subsequently concerned himself with the paper and printing trades. His first patent, filed in 1813, was for a paper-cutting machine. In the same year he became a partner with ...

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Craig, William James (1843–1906), literary editor and university teacher, was born on 6 November 1843 at Camus-juxta-Bann, also known as Macosquin, co. Londonderry, the second son of George Craig (1800–1888) and his wife, Mary Catherine Sandys (1803–1879). His father was curate of Camus-juxta-Bann...

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Davies, (William) Robertson (1913–1995), novelist and university teacher, was born on 28 August 1913 in Elizabeth Street, Thamesville, Ontario, the third of the three sons of (William) Rupert Davies (1879–1967), newspaper publisher and broadcaster, and Florence McKay (1870–1948). His father had arrived in ...

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(William) Robertson Davies (1913–1995) by Paddy Cook Paddy Cook

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Dobrée, Bonamy (1891–1974), literary scholar and university teacher, was born at 4 Queen's Gate Place, London, on 2 February 1891, the youngest child and only son of the three children of Bonamy Dobrée and his wife, Violet Chase. The Dobrées were a well-known ...