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Joseph Knight

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Bonnor, Charles (bap. 1752, d. 1831), actor and civil servant, was baptized at St Thomas’s, Bristol, on 12 March 1752, the son of Charles Bonnor (or Bonner), a distiller in Bristol, and his wife, Mary, née Goodin. After commencing his working life as apprentice to a coachmaker, he was recorded as a coachmaker in ...


Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866–1954) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1924 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London


Chambers, Sir Edmund Kerchever (1866–1954), theatre historian and civil servant, was born at West Ilsley, Berkshire, on 16 March 1866. He was the son of the Revd William Chambers (b. 1826/7), curate, and fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and his wife, Anna Heathcote...


Donne, William Bodham (1807–1882), essayist and examiner of plays, was born on 29 July 1807 at Mattishall, near East Dereham, Norfolk, the only child of Edward Charles Donne (1777–1819), physician, and his cousin Anne Vertue Donne (1781–1859). His grandfather William Donne was an eminent ...


Harris, Sir Sidney West (1876–1962), civil servant and film censor, was born on 10 October 1876 at the family home, 85 Crawford Street, Marylebone, London, the son of George Harris, a builder (later a builder's merchant), and his wife, Kezia, née West. After attending ...


W. A. J. Archbold

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Larpent, John (1741–1824), examiner of plays, was born on 14 November 1741, the second son of John Larpent (1710–1797), later chief clerk to the Foreign Office, and his wife, Mary Ann, the daughter of James Pazant, of a refugee Norman family. Larpent was educated at ...