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Gilbert Abbott À Beckett (1811–1856) attrib. Charles Couzens, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott (1811–1856), comic writer and police magistrate, was born at The Grange, Hampstead, Middlesex, on 17 February 1811, the third son of William A'Beckett (1777–1855), a reform solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Abbott. His forebears were an ancient Wiltshire family, who traced their ancestry back to the fourteenth century and claimed descent from ...

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Horatio William Bottomley (1860–1933) by Bassano, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bottomley, Horatio William (1860–1933), journalist and swindler, was the only son of William King Bottomley (1827–1863), a tailor's cutter, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Holyoake. He was born on 23 March 1860 at 16 St Peter's Street, Bethnal Green, London. Orphaned by the age of four, ...

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Arthur H. Grant

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Brunton, George (1799–1836), lawyer and journalist, was born on 31 January 1799 in St Cuthberts, Midlothian, the son of George Brunton and his wife, Agnes Baxter, and was educated at the Canongate high school, Edinburgh. He was admitted a solicitor in 1831, and in the following year, with ...

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Chapman, Henry Samuel (1803–1881), journalist and colonial judge, was born at Kennington, Surrey, on 21 July 1803, the son of Henry Chapman, a civil servant, and his wife, Ann Hart, née Davies. After attending schools in Bromley and London, he emigrated to Canada...

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C. E. A. Bedwell

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Clifford, Frederick (1828–1904), journalist and legal writer, was born at Gillingham, Kent, on 22 June 1828, the fifth son of Jesse Clifford and his wife, Mary Pearse. After private schooling he engaged in provincial journalism, but settled in London in 1852, and joined the parliamentary staff of ...

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Coulson, Walter (1795–1860), newspaper editor and barrister, son of Thomas Coulson (1767–1845), master painter in the Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Devon, and his wife, Catherine, second daughter of Walter Borlase, surgeon, of Penzance, Cornwall, was born at Torpoint in Cornwall, on 9 April 1795. His birth was registered at ...

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Crawford, George Morland (1812–1885), lawyer and journalist, was born on 6 December 1812 at Chelsfield Court Lodge, Kent, the eldest of the three sons and six daughters of Robert Crawford (1789–1860) and Elizabeth (1788–1850), eldest daughter of Samuel and Sussanah Elvy. Little is known about his education, but he was known to be well-versed in the Latin classics and a competent French speaker. He began work at fifteen in the counting-house of ...

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Dubois, Edward (1774–1850), author, journalist, and barrister, was born in Love Lane, London, on 4 January 1774, and baptized at St Mary Woolnoth on 29 January 1774. His parents were William DuBois, a merchant originally from near Neuchâtel, and his wife, Jane. Edward Dubois...

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Edward Dubois (1774–1850), by William Ridley, 1839

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Finlason, William Francis (1818–1895), legal writer and journalist, was the son of Thomas Finlason of Camberwell, Surrey. He entered the Middle Temple as a student on 5 January 1841. He practised for some years as a special pleader under the bar, and reported as a member of the ...

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Frankel, William (1917–2008), barrister and newspaper editor, was born Woolf Frankel at 1A Eastman Court, Whitechapel, London, on 3 February 1917, the second of three sons of Isaac Frankel, a street trader and synagogue beadle, and his wife, Hannah (Anna), née Lacker. His parents had arrived from the Galician area of ...

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See Griffiths, Ralph

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G. C. Boase

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Haddan, Thomas Henry (1814–1873), lawyer and newspaper editor, the eldest son of Thomas Haddan, solicitor, of Lime Street Square, London, and Mary Ann, daughter of John Haddan, and brother of Arthur West Haddan, was born in London. Educated at a private school at ...

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Haldane, Alexander (1800–1882), newspaper proprietor and barrister, was born in Edinburgh on 15 October 1800, the second of three sons, one of whom died young, and the fifth of nine children of James Alexander Haldane (1768–1851), pastor and religious writer, and his first wife, ...

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Harvey, Daniel Whittle (1786–1863), politician, newspaper proprietor, and police administrator, was born on 10 June 1786 in Witham, Essex, the son of Matthew Barnard Harvey of Witham, a merchant and banker, and his wife, a daughter of Major John Whittle of Feering House, Kelveden, Essex...

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Henry, Michael (1830–1875), patent agent and newspaper editor, was born on 19 February 1830 at Eltham House, Kennington, south London, the youngest son of Abraham Henry (c.1790–1840), merchant, and his wife, Emma (1788–1870), daughter of Solomon Lyon of Cambridge. Both his parents were Jewish. A noted scholar, ...

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Jackson, William [pseud. Scrutineer] (1737?–1795), journalist and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of an officer in the prerogative court. After studying at Oxford he was ordained and he moved to London, where he acted as a curate at St Mary-le-Strand...