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Arnold, Thomas Kerchever (bap. 1800, d. 1853), educational writer and theologian, was born at Stamford, Lincolnshire, where he was baptized on 6 March 1800, the son of Thomas Graham Arnold (1769/70–1855), a doctor of medicine, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was the grandson of ...

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Bigland, John (1750–1832), schoolmaster and educational writer, was born at Skirlaugh in Holderness, Yorkshire, of poor parents. At the age of one he went to live with his grandparents. He quickly learned to read under his grandmother's tuition and reputedly was able to read the entire ...

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Sidney Lee

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Brasse [Brass], John (bap. 1787, d. 1833), educational writer, was baptized at Richmond, Yorkshire, on 26 March 1787, the son of George Brass (1759–1827), a stonemason and sexton, of Richmond, Yorkshire, and his wife, Jane, née Tutin (1762–1832). Lame from birth, he was nominated to a foundationer's place at ...

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Brinsley, John (bap. 1566, d. in or after 1624), schoolmaster and writer on education, was baptized at Belton, Lincolnshire, on 8 December 1566; details of his parents are unknown. He matriculated as a sizar from Christ's College, Cambridge, in March 1581, and graduated BA in 1585 and MA in 1588. He was curate at ...

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Collis, John Day (1816–1879), headmaster and educational writer, son of the Revd Robert Fitzgerald Collis (1790–1863), prebendary of Kilconnell, co. Galway, and his wife, Maria, daughter of Edward Bourke of Nun's Island, Galway, was born on 24 February 1816 at Rathcormack, co. Cork...

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Durell, Clement Vavasor (1882–1968), mathematics teacher and textbook writer, was born on 6 June 1882 at the rectory, Fulbourn, near Cambridge, the son of John Vavasor Durell (1837–1923), rector of Fulbourn, and his wife, Ellen Annie Carlyon. Educated at Felsted School, he entered ...

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Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817) by Horace Hone, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edgeworth, Richard Lovell (1744–1817), educational writer and engineer, was born on 31 May 1744 in Pierrepont Street, Bath, the only surviving son of Richard Edgeworth (1701–1769), a middling Irish country gentleman, whose family had been settled in co. Longford since the seventeenth century, and his wife, ...

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Fenning, Daniel (1714/15–1767), grammarian and textbook writer, is of unknown parentage. On 3 July 1735 he married Mary Mott (d. 1780) at Great Cornard in Suffolk, and the couple lived at nearby Bures, where Fenning was licensed to teach on 25 October 1740. There were twelve children, of whom seven were born at ...

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Fisher [married name Slack], Anne (1719–1778), writer on education, was born in Oldscale, in the parish of Lorton, Cumberland, the daughter of Henry Fisher, yeoman, and was baptized in Lorton on 9 December 1719. She married Thomas Slack (bap. 1723, d. 1784)...

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Hack [née Barton], Maria (1777–1844), educational writer, was born in Carlisle on 16 February 1777, the eldest child of John Barton (1755–1789) and Maria (or Mary) Done (1752–1784). Both her parents were members of the Society of Friends. The family moved to ...

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Francis Watt

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Hoblyn, Richard Dennis (1803–1886), educational writer, was the eldest son of Richard Hoblyn (1771–1827), rector of All Saints, Colchester, and his wife, who was the daughter of James Blatch. He was born at Colchester on 9 April 1803, and educated in his native town, and at ...

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Holmes, John (1702/3–1760), schoolmaster and writer on education, is of unknown family background. He is described in a 1729 broadsheet of his Latin verses as 'ex schola Holtensis'. Following the death in 1729 of David Dunscombe, the headmaster of Gresham's School...

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Kemp [Kempe], William (c. 1560–1601), writer on education, was the son of Walter Kempe of Devon or Cornwall. He is not to be confused with another William Kempe, master of Colchester grammar school between 1598 and 1637. Kemp the writer was very probably educated at ...

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Foster Watson

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Leach, Arthur Francis (1851–1915), historian of education, the third son of Thomas Leach, barrister, of Seaford Lodge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, and his wife, Sarah Green, was born in London on 16 March 1851. He was educated at Winchester College, and gained a scholarship at ...

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Mortimer [née Bevan], Favell Lee (1802–1878), educational writer, was born on 14 July 1802 at Russell Square, London, second daughter of David Bevan (1774–1846), a banker, and his wife, Favell Bourke (1780–1841), daughter of Robert Cooper Lee. Educated at home, she was a '...

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Phillips, Sir Thomas (1801–1867), local politician and writer on education, was born at Llanelli, Brecknockshire, the eldest son of Thomas Phillips and his wife, Ann, eldest daughter of Benjamin James of Llangattock, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire. He was articled to a solicitor in Newport, Thomas Prothero...

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Pilkington [née Hopkins], Mary Susanna (1761–1839), educational and children's writer, was baptized on 6 April 1761 at St Michael's, Cambridge, the daughter of Allen Hopkins (d. 1773), a surgeon, and his wife, Mary Thornhill, of Stilton. Her parents had married on 7 December 1759; she gave her age as sixty-three in January 1825. According to her own account, she was '...

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Porter, Sarah Ricardo (1790–1862), writer on education, was born in London on 22 December 1790, the fifteenth child and sixth daughter of Abraham Ricardo and Abigail Delvalle Ricardo, and sister of David Ricardo. She married a schoolfriend of her brothers, the statistician George Richardson Porter (1792–1852)...

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Robins, Sanderson (1801–1862), Church of England clergyman and writer on education, was born in London on 6 September 1801 and baptized at St Mary Newington on 10 December 1801, the second son of Matthew Robins (d. 1823) of Newington, Surrey, and his wife, ...