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Edward Alleyn (1566–1626) by unknown artist by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Alleyn, Edward (1566–1626), actor, theatre entrepreneur, and founder of Dulwich College, was born on 1 September 1566 in the London parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, 'near Devonshire House, where now is the sign of the Pye'. He was baptized the following day in the parish church, the son of ...

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Blair, James (1655/6–1743), Church of England clergyman and founder of the College of William and Mary, was the son of Peter Blair (d. 1673), Church of Scotland minister of St Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh, and his wife, Mary Hamilton (d. in or after 1696)...

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James Blair (1655/66–1743) by Charles Bridges Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary

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Blundell, Peter (c. 1520–1601), clothier and philanthropist, was born in Tiverton, Devon, of humble parentage. As a boy he saw the little community freed from the dominance of the Courtenay earls of Devon, and he lived to see it, untrammelled by either civic or industrial regulation, and somewhat encouraged by the protestant ethic, enter a period of considerable growth and prosperity based on the manufacture of kerseys, the woollen cloths in which the town and its immediate hinterland specialized. Whether the young ...

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Chaloner, Robert (1547/8–1621), Church of England clergyman and educational benefactor, was born in Goldsborough, near Knaresborough, West Riding of Yorkshire, the second son of Robert and Ann Chaloner of Llanfyllin (possibly Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire). He was elected to a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford...

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Coleridge, Alice Mary (1846–1907), promoter of girls' schools, was born on 27 March 1846 at the Manor House, Ottery St Mary, Devon, the youngest daughter by thirteen years of Francis George Coleridge (1794–1854), a solicitor and kinsman of S. T. Coleridge, and his wife, ...

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Cox, William Sands (1802–1875), surgeon and a founder of Queen's College, Birmingham, was the eldest son of Edward Townsend Cox (1769–1863), a well-known Birmingham surgeon. After being educated locally at the King Edward VI Grammar School, he was articled to his father and began to study medicine at ...

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Dove, Dame (Jane) Frances (1847–1942), founder of Wycombe Abbey School, was born at Bordeaux, France, on 27 June 1847, the eldest of the ten children of the Revd John Thomas Dove (1821–1906), vicar of Cowbit, Lincolnshire, for more than forty years, and chairman of the ...

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Dame (Jane) Frances Dove (1847–1942) by Lafayette, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fogerty, Elsie (1865–1945), founder and principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama, was born at Sydenham, London, on 16 December 1865, the daughter of Joseph Fogerty (d. 1899), engineer and architect, of Dublin, and his wife, Hannah Cochrane (d...

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Elsie Fogerty (1865–1945) by Reginald Grenville Eves, 1937 © reserved; reproduced by courtesy of Central School of Speech and Drama, Embassy Theatre, London

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Warren Stormes Hale (1791–1872) by John Robert Dicksee, 1853 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Hale, Warren Stormes (1791–1872), tallow chandler and benefactor, was born on 2 February 1791 at Benington, Hertfordshire, the youngest of eight children of Edward Hale (1754–1791), farmer, and his wife, Edith, née Warren (1750–1808). Before he was a year old his father died, and in 1805 ...

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Harvard, John (1607–1638), educational benefactor, was baptized on 29 November 1607 at St Saviour's Church, Southwark, Surrey, the fourth of the nine children of Robert Harvard (d. 1625), butcher, and the second with his second wife, Katherine (1584–1635), the daughter of Thomas Rogers...

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Quintin Hogg (1845–1903) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hogg, Quintin (1845–1903), merchant and philanthropist, of Scottish descent, fourteenth child and seventh son of Sir James Weir Hogg, first baronet (1790–1876), East India Company chairman and MP, and his wife, Mary Claudine (d. 26 June 1874), daughter of Samuel Swinton of the ...

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Holland, Francis James (1828–1907), promoter of Anglican girls' schools, was born in London on 20 January 1828, the second son of Sir Henry Holland, bt (1788–1873), the celebrated royal physician, and his first wife, Margaret Emma (d. 1830), daughter of James Caldwell...

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Hughes, David (1561?–1610), founder of Beaumaris Free Grammar School, Anglesey, was born in a cottage on the land of Glan-y-gors farm in the parish of Llantrisant near Llannerch-y-medd in Anglesey. His parentage is unknown, and there is conflicting evidence as to his year of birth and his education. ...

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Hunt, Henry George Bonavia (1847–1917), founder of Trinity College of Music, London, was born on 30 June 1847 in Valletta, Malta, the eldest surviving son of William Hunt, former private secretary to the bishop of Jerusalem, and his second wife, Marietta Bonavia, the daughter of a Maltese doctor of Italian extraction. He was educated at ...