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G. V. Benson

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Brown, James (1709–1788), traveller and scholar, was born at Kelso, Roxburghshire, on 23 May 1709, the son of James Brown, physician, of Kelso. Nothing is known of his family background but it seems to have involved an early move to London, since he was educated at ...

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Alfred Hyman Louis (1829–1915) by Histed © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...