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À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott (1811–1856), comic writer and police magistrate, was born at The Grange, Hampstead, Middlesex, on 17 February 1811, the third son of William A'Beckett (1777–1855), a reform solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Abbott. His forebears were an ancient Wiltshire family, who traced their ancestry back to the fourteenth century and claimed descent from ...

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Gilbert Abbott À Beckett (1811–1856) attrib. Charles Couzens, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chapman, Henry Samuel (1803–1881), journalist and colonial judge, was born at Kennington, Surrey, on 21 July 1803, the son of Henry Chapman, a civil servant, and his wife, Ann Hart, née Davies. After attending schools in Bromley and London, he emigrated to Canada...

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Knox, Alexander Andrew (1818–1891), journalist and police magistrate, the second son of George Knox, a landowner in Jamaica, was born in London on 5 February 1818. He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and went with a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1844, MA 1847). He was called to the ...

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Windeyer, Charles (1780–1855), magistrate in Australia and journalist, was born on 1 July 1780 at Pennyquart Well, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire, the third of the six children of Walter Windeyer (1751–1801) and his wife, Ann Venables. His paternal grandfather had come to England from ...