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Beauclerk, James (1709–1787), bishop of Hereford, was born at Windsor, the seventh surviving son of Charles Beauclerk, first duke of St Albans (1670–1726), illegitimate offspring of Charles II and Nell Gwyn. Some say his facial characteristics resembled those of his royal grandfather. His mother, ...

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Beckett, Edmund [formerly Edmund Beckett Denison], first Baron Grimthorpe (1816–1905), ecclesiastical controversialist, architect, and horologist, was born at Carlton Hall, near Newark, on 12 May 1816, the eldest son of Sir Edmund Beckett, fourth baronet (1787–1874), later MP for the West Riding...

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Edmund Beckett, first Baron Grimthorpe (1816–1905) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the British Horological Institute Limited; original on display at the Upton Hall Time Museum, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bond, Frederick Bligh (1864–1945), architect, author, and psychical researcher, was born on 30 June 1864 at Marlborough, Wiltshire, the third son of the Revd Frederick Hookey Bond, headmaster of Marlborough Royal Free Grammar School, and of his wife, Mary Isabella Dela Fosse. He was educated at ...

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W. E. A. Axon

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Castillo, John (1792–1845), stonemason, poet, and preacher, was born at Rathfarnham, near Dublin. When he was two or three years old his parents, who were Roman Catholics, emigrated to England, and on the voyage were shipwrecked off the Isle of Man. They settled in the hamlet of ...

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Paul Waterhouse

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Micklethwaite, John Thomas (1843–1906), architect and ecclesiologist, was born at Rishworth House, Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 3 May 1843, the son of James Micklethwaite of Hopton, Mirfield, worsted spinner and colliery owner, and his wife, Sarah Eliza Stanway of Manchester. After private education at ...

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John Thomas Micklethwaite (1843–1906) by George Charles Beresford © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Owen, Nicholas [St Nicholas Owen, called Little John, Little Michael] (d. 1606), carpenter and Jesuit lay brother, was born in Oxford, probably in St Peter le Bailey. On 2 February he was apprenticed for eight years to William Conway, an Oxford joiner. He sometimes used the aliases ...

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Schaw, William (1549/50–1602), architect and a founder of freemasonry, was a younger son of John Schaw of Broich, now Arngomery in Stirlingshire. He was probably employed at the Scottish court from his youth, but nothing certain is known until 21 December 1583, when he was appointed master of works to ...

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Sibree, James (1836–1929), missionary and architect in Madagascar, was born at 18 Lister Street, Hull, on 14 April 1836, the eldest son of the Revd James Sibree (1806–1882), Congregational minister of Salem Chapel, Cogan Street, Hull, and his wife, Martha Goode, née Aston (1809–1881)...

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See Wing, Vincent

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Vincent Wing (1619–1668) by Thomas Cross, pubd 1652 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wing, Vincent (1619–1668), astronomer, astrologer, and land surveyor, was born on 9 April 1619 at North Luffenham, Rutland, the son of Vincent Wing (1587–1660) of North Luffenham. The family, settled there for three generations but originally from Wales, was of 'rather good, than great' standing, in the words of ...