What's new: December 2019

December 12, 2019

This month’s update adds 13 lives ranging from the thirteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, with a review of the past year’s updates by the dictionary’s General Editor, Sir David Cannadine.

Read his introduction and the summary of new content here

New and updated subjects - December 2019

Chipchase, John (1747–1816), Quaker diarist, schoolmaster, and amateur scientist

Harmsworth, Cecil Bisshop, first baron Harmsworth (1869-1948), politician and diarist

Ling, Arthur George (1913-1995), architect and town planner

Montalt [Monte Alto; sometimes called Mold], Roger de (d. 1260), royal servant and councillor

Rand, William (1617-1663), physician and reformer

Salley (Sawley), Miles (d. 1516/17), abbot of Eynsham and bishop of Llandaff

Souza, Francis Victor Newton (known as F. N. Souza) (1924 - 2002), artist and writer

Thorpe, Sir Jocelyn Field (1872-1940), chemist

Ward (née Gurney), Rachel Anne, countess of Dudley (1867-1920), nursing association and hospital founder and vicereine of Ireland

Kynynmound (née Grey), Mary Caroline Elliot-Murray-, countess of Minto (1858-1920), courtier, vicereine, and nursing association and hospital founder

Porlond, William (d. 1440?), clerk

Rose, John (II) (c.1550–1611), musical instrument maker

Rose, John (I) (fl.1552–1576 or later), musical instrument maker

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