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Adams, William Henry Davenport (1828–1891), journalist and author, was born in London on 5 May 1828, the only son of Samuel Adams (1798–1853), born in Ashburton, Devon, an Inland Revenue officer, and his wife, Elizabeth Mary, née Snell. He was the grandson of Captain ...

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Albert, Harold [formerly Harold Albert Kemp; pseud. Helen Cathcart] (1909–1997), author and journalist, was born on 15 April 1909 at 48 Marsala Road, Lewisham, the son of Albert William Kemp, builder, and his wife, Mabel, the daughter of Frederick Read, dramatic reciter. He was educated at ...

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Allen, Bennet (bap. 1736, d. 1819), Church of England clergyman and journalist, was born at Yazor, Herefordshire, where he was baptized on 26 August 1736, the second son of James Allen (c.1700–1776), vicar of Yazor, and of his wife, Elizabeth, née...

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Allen, (Herbert) Warner (1881–1968), journalist and writer, was born at Godalming on 8 March 1881, the elder son of Captain George Woronzow Allen RN, and his wife, Ethel Harriet, daughter of the Revd Canon John Manuel Echalaz (1801–1877), rector of Appleby in Derbyshire...

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Almon, John (1737–1805), bookseller and political journalist, was born on 17 December 1737 in Moore Street, Liverpool, to the Irish-born John Almon (b. 1706), seaman, and his wife, Isabella Thompson (d. 1744). Apprenticed to a Liverpool bookseller in March 1751, Almon...

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Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904) by Henry van der Weyde, 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arnold, Sir Edwin (1832–1904), poet and journalist, was born at Gravesend on 10 June 1832, the second son of Robert Coles Arnold (b. 1797), of Whartons, Framfield, and his wife, Sarah, née Pizzey (or Pizzi). He was the elder brother of Sir (Robert) Arthur Arnold (1833–1902)...

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Arnold, William Thomas (1852–1904), journalist and author, was born at Hobart, Tasmania, on 18 September 1852, the eldest son and second child of Thomas Arnold (1823–1900), sometime administrator, schoolmaster, and university professor, and Julia Sorell (1826–1888). ‘Willie’ was a gentle, sensitive, academically gifted child. He was born into one of ...

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Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) by Norman Hirst, pubd 1891 (after Adolphe Beau, 1864) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bagehot, Walter (1826–1877), political commentator, economist, and journalist, was born on 3 February 1826 at Langport, Somerset, the second son of Thomas Watson Bagehot (1795–1881), banker, and Edith Stuckey (1786–1870), a niece of Samuel Stuckey, founder in 1772 of Stuckey's Bank, which issued its own banknotes and enjoyed considerable prominence and respect in the west country. The first born, ...

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Baker, Thomas (b. 1680/81), playwright and journalist, was said to have been 'the Son of an eminent Attorney in King-street, near Guildhall, in the City of London' (Mottley, 166). His comedy The Humour of the Age was premièred at ...

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Barrow, John Henry (1796–1858), journalist and writer, was born on 4 January 1796 in Cheapside, London, the sixth of the ten children of Charles Barrow (1759–1826) of Bristol, a partner with his father-in-law in a firm of musical instrument makers, and his wife, ...

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Beavan, John Cowburn, Baron Ardwick (1910–1994), journalist, was born on 29 April 1910 in Ardwick, Manchester, the district from which he was later to take his title. He was the elder of the two children of Silas Morgan Beavan (b. 1881) and his wife, ...

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Charles Frederic Moberly Bell (1847–1911) by George Charles Beresford, c. 1910 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Charles Frederic Moberly (1847–1911), journalist and newspaper manager, was born on 2 April 1847 in Alexandria, youngest of six children of Thomas Bell (d. 1859), merchant, and his first wife, Hester Louisa Dodd, née David, widow of a naval chaplain. Following his wife's premature death, ...

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Bennett, Sir Ernest Nathaniel (1865–1947), politician and journalist, was born on 12 December 1865 (though in later life he gave his birth year as 1868) in Colombo, Ceylon, the only son of the Revd George Bennett (1830–1897), a Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster, and his wife, ...

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Bennett, Sir Thomas Jewell (1852–1925), journalist and newspaper proprietor, was born on 16 May 1852, at Elm Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the third son and fourth of six children of John Thomas Bennett (1814-1880), solicitor's clerk, and his wife, Charlotte Mary Galopin ...

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Bentley, John James (1860–1918), journalist and football administrator, was born at Chapel Town, Turton, Lancashire, on 14 June 1860, the third of four sons of John Bentley, a grocer, and his wife, Ann Beavan. Turton was only a small village but what may have been the first football club in ...

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Birkenhead [Berkenhead], Sir John (1617–1679), journalist and poet, was born on 24 March 1617 in Northwich, Cheshire, the sixth child of Randall Birkenhead (1581–1633), a saddler, alehouse-keeper, and chapel clerk, and his wife, Margaret, of whom little is known. John attended the free ...

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Eric Arthur Blair [George Orwell] (1903–1950) by Felix H. Man, c. 1947 © Estate of Felix H. Man / National Portrait Gallery, London