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Adams, William George Stewart (1874–1966), political scientist and college head, was born on 8 November 1874 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of John Adams, headmaster of St John's Grammar School, Hamilton, with Aberdonian farming ancestors, and his wife, ...

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Adams, William Grylls (1836–1915), scientist and university teacher, was born on 10 February 1836 at Lidcot, Laneast, Cornwall, the youngest son of the four sons and three daughters of Thomas Adams (1788–1859), small estate owner and farmer, and his wife, Tabitha Knill Grylls (1796–1866)...

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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Allen, Sir Hugh Percy (1869–1946), musicologist and conductor, was born at Reading on 23 December 1869, the youngest of the seven children of John Herbert Allen (1834–1905), who was in business with Huntley and Palmers of Reading. His mother, Rebecca, née...

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William Ames (1576–1633) by William Marshall, pubd 1633 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ames, William (1576–1633), theologian and university teacher, was born at Ipswich, the son of William Ames, merchant, and his wife, Joane Snelling, also from a Suffolk merchant family. Both of these families were substantial folk. William had one sister, Elizabeth. When the two were quite young, the parents died, and ...

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Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birchall (1841–1879), lecturer on philosophy and journal editor, was born on 16 March 1841, at Reading, the second son of the Revd Robert Appleton (1801–1875) and his wife, Mary Ann Elizabeth Hoblyn (1801–1874), daughter of the Revd ...

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Armstrong, Lilias Eveline (1882–1937), phonetician, born on 29 September 1882 at 152 Eccles New Road, Pendlebury, near Manchester, was the daughter of James William Armstrong, Free Methodist church minister, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, née Hunter. On 24 September 1926, at the ...

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Arthur, Archibald (1744–1797), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 6 September 1744 at Abbot's Inch, Renfrewshire, the eldest son of the farmer Andrew Arthur and his wife, Jean Snodgrass. After being taught at home by his parents, he attended ...

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Ballinger [née Hodgson], (Violet) Margaret Livingstone (1894–1980), university teacher and politician in South Africa, was born at 4 Waverley Terrace, Glasgow, on 11 January 1894, the third of four children born to John Hodgson (1860–1927), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Lillias Robertson, ...

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Barclay, Thomas (c. 1570–1632), jurist, was born in Aberdeen of unknown parents. He was sent to Bordeaux in the 1580s to study the Latin and Greek humanities and philosophy at the municipal Collège de Guyenne. This was one of the leading schools in ...

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Baro [Baron], Peter (1534–1599), Reformed minister and religious controversialist, was born at Étampes (Seine-et-Oise), France, the son of Étienne Baron and his wife, Philippe Petit; in his autobiographical notes Peter says he was one of many children, first mentioning brothers Jean...

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Baylee, Joseph (1807–1883), theological teacher and writer, was born on 23 July 1807, at Limerick, the fifth son of John Tyrrell Baylee (1778–1848), a Quaker schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane (1778–1858), granddaughter of Lord Dunboyne and widow of Henry Bennis...

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Beattie, James Hay (1768–1790), writer and university teacher, was born on 6 November 1768 in Aberdeen, the first of two surviving children of James Beattie (1735–1803), poet and moral philosopher, and his wife, Mary, or Mally (bap. 1744, d. 1807), daughter of ...

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Benmohel, Nathan Lazarus (1803–1869), Hebrew and German scholar, was born in Hamburg, Germany, son of Rabbi Elieza Lazi (1741–1841), presiding judge, or dayan, of Posen, and the united congregations of Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbeck. His mother was the daughter of Rabbi Todros Munk...

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Arthur Christopher Benson (1862–1925) by Sir William Nicholson, 1924 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head, was born on 24 April 1862 at Wellington College, the son of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), first headmaster of the college and later archbishop of Canterbury, and his wife, Mary, née Sidgwick (1841–1918). He was the brother of ...

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Bentham, Edward (1707–1776), Church of England clergyman and natural philosopher, fifth son of the Revd Samuel Bentham (c.1681–1733), a minor canon of Ely, and his wife, Philippa Willen (c.1681–1747), was born in the college at Ely on 23 July 1707, and baptized in the cathedral on 21 August 1707. After singing as a chorister at ...

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Bicarton, Thomas (fl. 1570–1590), author and teacher of rhetoric, was probably born in St Andrews, where his father, John Bicarton, a saddler, was an early adherent of the protestant congregation—but an unruly member. In 1559 John had become trustee for the property of the expelled Dominican community. Five years later, by refusing to present one of ...

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John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895) by Sir George Reid, 1893 Scottish National Portrait Gallery