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Baring, Maurice (1874–1945), poet and author, was born at 37 Church Street, Mayfair, London, on 27 April 1874, the fifth son of Edward Charles Baring (1828–1897), who became first Baron Revelstoke, banker, and his wife, Louisa Emily Charlotte (d. 1892), daughter of ...

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Belzoni, Giovanni Battista (1778–1823), performing artist and Egyptologist, was born on 5 November 1778 in Padua, the son of a barber, Giacomo Belzoni, and his wife, Teresa. He went to Rome aged sixteen to prepare himself for monastic orders; he claimed also to have studied hydraulics. The French invasion of ...

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Cary [née Tanfield], Elizabeth, Viscountess Falkland (1585–1639), writer and translator, was born at Burford Priory, Oxfordshire, the only child of Lawrence Tanfield (c. 1551–1625), lawyer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1629), daughter of Giles Symonds and Catherine, née Lee. Much of what is known of her derives from a manuscript life written about 1650 by one of her daughters, ...

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Gill, Austin (1906–1990), French scholar, was born on 3 September 1906 at 6B Northgate Street, Stockport, the second child and first son of Austin Gill (b. 1876/7), a cotton operative, and his wife, Ada, née Nuttall (b. 1880/81). His parents were also born in the ...

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Heaney, Seamus Justin (1939–2013), poet, translator, and literary critic, was born at Mossbawn Farm, near Castledawson, co. Derry, Northern Ireland, on 13 April 1939, the oldest of nine children of Patrick Heaney (1910–1986), farmer, and his wife, Margaret Kathleen, née McCann (1911–1984). He was educated at ...

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Kelly, James Fitzmaurice- (1857–1923), historian of Spanish literature, was born in Glasgow on 20 June 1857, the eldest son of Colonel Thomas Kelly, then of the 40th foot but formerly of the Egyptian police, and his wife, Catherine, née Fitzmaurice. As he was a Roman Catholic and three-parts Irish, he can be said to have inherited sociability, wit, and feelings of sympathy with ...

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MacNeill, Eoin [John] (1867–1945), Irish nationalist and Celtic scholar, was born at Glenarm, co. Antrim, on 15 May 1867, the fourth son and sixth of nine children of Archibald MacNeill (1822–1889), baker, sailor, and merchant, and his wife, Rosetta Macauley (1847/8–1918). James McNeill...

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Moncrieff, Charles Kenneth Michael Scott (1889–1930), translator, was born on 25 September 1889 at Weedingshall, Polmont, near Falkirk, Stirlingshire, the third son of William George Scott Moncrieff (1846–1927), advocate and sheriff substitute for Stirlingshire, and his wife, Jessie Margaret (1858–1936), daughter of Robert Scott Moncrieff...

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Ó Fiaich, Tomás Seamus (1923–1990), scholar and cardinal, was born on 3 November 1923 at Annamore, Cullyhanna, parish of Lower Creggan, co. Armagh, the second of two sons of Patrick Fee (1882–1964), schoolteacher, and his wife, Annie (1891–1932), also a schoolteacher, daughter of ...

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Petre, (Edward Oswald) Gabriel Turville- (1908–1978), Icelandic scholar, was born on 25 March 1908 at Bosworth Hall, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, younger son of Lieutenant-Colonel Oswald Henry Philip Turville-Petre (1862–1941), high sheriff of Leicestershire, and his wife, Margaret Lucy, née Cave (d. 1954)...

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Stapylton [Stapleton], Sir Robert (1607x9?–1669), translator and playwright, was born in Carlton, near Snaith, Yorkshire, the third son of Richard Stapylton (d. 1636), and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Pierrepont. The family was staunchly Roman Catholic in an area which had only partially accepted the Elizabethan religious settlement. There is no record of either birth date or baptism. About 1621 ...

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Starkie, Enid Mary (1897–1970), French scholar, was born on 18 August 1897 in Dublin, the daughter of the Rt Hon. William Joseph Myles Starkie (1860–1920), classical scholar and last resident commissioner of national education in Ireland under British rule, and his wife, May (...

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Watkin, Edward Ingram (1888–1981), writer and translator, was born on 27 September 1888 at Stand, Cheshire, the only child of Edgar Watkin (1860–1908) and his wife, Emmeline Paxton Ingram (1851–1937). His father was a cultivated dilettante and grandson of the Manchester Liberal reformer ...