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Cohen, Stanley [Stan] (1942–2013), sociologist and criminologist, was born on 23 February 1942 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the eldest son of Ray Cohen, a businessman who had arrived from Lithuania in the wave of immigration in the 1920s and 1930s, and his wife, ...

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Dewhurst, Robert (1576/7–1645), lawyer and benefactor, was born at Wormley, near Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the second of the five sons of Barnard Dewhurst (1533–1596), a Lancashire man who became an employee of William Cecil, Baron Burghley, and his wife, Anne Warde, who was probably a niece of ...

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Gifford, Adam, Lord Gifford (1820–1887), judge and benefactor, eldest son of James Gifford, administrator, and his wife, Catherine Ann, née West, teacher, was born at Edinburgh on 29 February 1820. His sister Mary married the Congregationalist minister Alexander Raleigh, and was the mother of ...

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Little, Clement (c. 1527–1580), lawyer and benefactor, was the elder son of Clement Little (d. 1551), a prosperous Edinburgh merchant who also owned property in upper Liberton to the south of the town, and his wife, Elizabeth Fisher. The couple ran their shop, filled with cloth, articles of apparel, and similar merchandise, which lay close to the family home on the south side of ...

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Pate, Richard (1516–1588), lawyer and refounder of Cheltenham grammar school, was born on 24 September 1516 and was probably the son of Walter Pate of Cheltenham, a prosperous tradesman who was a baker, butcher, and innkeeper (HoP, Commons, 1558–1603, 3.185; Jones, 90...

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Richard Pate (1516–1588) by unknown artist, 1550 Corpus Christi College, Oxford / Bridgeman Art Library

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Sexey, Hugh (d. 1619), lawyer and benefactor, was a native of Bruton in east Somerset. The William Sexey recorded as buried there on 15 January 1567 may have been his father. A reliable tradition records his origins as humble, even though his family can be traced back to at least 1429. ...

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Sir (Charles) Geoffrey Vickers (1894–1982) by Godfrey Argent, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vickers, Sir (Charles) Geoffrey (1894–1982), lawyer and social theorist, was born on 13 October 1894 in Nottingham, the youngest child in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Henry Vickers, a lace maker, and his wife, Jessie Lomas. Educated at ...

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Viner, Charles (bap. 1678, d. 1756), legal writer and university benefactor, was born in Salisbury and baptized there at St Mary's Church, on 3 November 1678, the son of Charles Viner (fl. 1660–1711) and his wife, Mary. His father was a prosperous draper, and perhaps a kinsman of ...