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À Beckett, Arthur William (1844–1909), humorist and journalist, the third son of Gilbert Abbott À Beckett (1811–1856) and Mary Anne Glossop (1817–1863), was born at Portland House, North End, Fulham, on 25 October 1844. He was educated at Honiton, then at Felsted School...

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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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Alexander, William (1826–1894), novelist and journalist, was born on 12 June 1826 at the farm of Westerhouses, Rescivet, in the parish of Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. He was the eldest son of the ten children of James Alexander (1789–1856), blacksmith and tenant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Amery, Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett (1873–1955), politician and journalist, was born on 22 November 1873 at Gorakhpur in the North-Western Provinces of India, the eldest of the three sons of Charles Frederick Amery (1833–1901), of Lustleigh in Devon, an official in the Indian ...

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Archer, William (1856–1924), theatre critic and journalist, was born at 6 North Methven Street, Perth, Scotland, on 23 September 1856, the eldest son of the nine children of Thomas Archer (1823–1905) of Glasgow and his wife, Grace Lindsay Morison (1832–1911), the daughter of ...

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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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Azikiwe, Nnamdi [known as Zik] (1904–1996), journalist and president of Nigeria, was born in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria, on 16 November 1904, the son of Obed-Edom Chukwuemeka Azikiwe (c.1854–1958), a civil servant attached to the Nigeria regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force...

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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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Baines, Thomas (1806–1881), journalist, newspaper proprietor, and local historian, was born in Leeds, the third son of Edward Baines (1774–1848) and Charlotte Talbot, and younger brother of Matthew Talbot Baines and Sir Edward Baines. Both his father and brother represented Leeds in parliament...

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Barron, Brian Munro (1940–2009), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 28 April 1940 at Bristol Maternity Hospital, 50 Southwell Street, Clifton, Bristol, the son of Albert Barron, a clerk with an aircraft company, and his wife, Norah Bernadette, née Morgan. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Barry, Sir Gerald Reid (1898–1968), journalist and Festival of Britain administrator, was born at Fairfax, Berrylands Road, Surbiton, Surrey, on 20 November 1898, the fourth child of George Duncan Barry (1864–1945), who was then curate of St Mark's, Surbiton, and his wife, Edith Geraldine Reid (1859–1898)...

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Bartlett, Ellis Ashmead- (1881–1931), war correspondent, was born at 57 Grosvenor Street, London, on 11 February 1881, the eldest son of Sir Ellis Ashmead Bartlett (1849–1902), a Conservative MP, and his wife, Frances Christina, née Walsh (1851/2–1929). The family mixed in and scandalized high society. His uncle ...

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Baxter, James Keir (1926–1972), poet and publicist, was born on 29 June 1926 at 97 Elm Row, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, the son of Archibald McColl Learmond Baxter (1881–1970), a small farmer descended from immigrant Scottish highlanders, and his wife, Millicent Amiel Macmillan Brown (1888–1984)...

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Begbie, (Edward) Harold (1871–1929), journalist, Salvationist, and political and social reformer, was born at Fornham St Martin, Suffolk, on 24 June 1871, the fifth son in a family of seven sons and four daughters of the Revd Mars Hamilton Begbie (...

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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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Bidlake, Frederick Thomas (1867–1933), cyclist and journalist, was born at 318 Essex Road, Islington, London, on 13 March 1867, the only son of John Purdue Bidlake (1817–1906), a graduate of London University who taught private pupils, and his wife, Phebe West, née Sharman (1827/8–1899)...

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Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903–1950), political writer and essayist, was born in Motihari, Bengal, India, on 25 June 1903, the only son of Richard Walmesley Blair (1857–1938), a sub-deputy opium agent in the government of Bengal, and his wife, Ida Mabel Limouzin (1875–1943)...

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Blanchflower, Robert Dennis [Danny] (1926–1993), footballer and journalist, was born on 10 February 1926 at 7 Elmdale Street in the Bloomfield district of east Belfast, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of John Blanchflower, an iron turner in the ...

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Bland, Hubert (1855–1914), journalist and politician, was born on 3 January 1855 at 22 Wood Street, Woolwich, where his paternal grandfather had been a plumber and his maternal grandfather kept a public house. Hubert was the youngest of the four children of Henry Bland...

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Blatchford, Robert Peel Glanville (1851–1943), journalist and author, was born at Maidstone on 17 March 1851 and named after the Conservative prime minister who had died the year before. His English father, John Glanville Blatchford, and his half-Italian mother, Georgiana Louisa Corri, granddaughter of ...