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Arouet, François-Marie [known as Voltaire] (1694–1778), writer and philosopher, was born in Paris on 21 November 1694 according to the notice of baptism. He was the fifth of five surviving children born to François Arouet (1649–1722), lawyer and minor official, and his wife, ...

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Barfield, (Arthur) Owen (1898–1997), writer and philosopher, was born on 9 November 1898 at 6 Grosvenor Gardens, Muswell Hill, Middlesex, the youngest of the four children of Arthur Edward Barfield, a solicitor, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Shoults. It was a free-thinking family and so immune to all '...

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Bicarton, Thomas (fl. 1570–1590), author and teacher of rhetoric, was probably born in St Andrews, where his father, John Bicarton, a saddler, was an early adherent of the protestant congregation—but an unruly member. In 1559 John had become trustee for the property of the expelled Dominican community. Five years later, by refusing to present one of ...

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See Hartley [married names Gallichan; Lewis], Catherine Gasquoine

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Hake, Alfred Egmont (1849–1916), author and social philosopher, was born at Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 12 October 1849, the fourth son and sixth of seven children of the physician and poet Thomas Gordon Hake (1809–1895), and his wife, Lucy née...

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Smith, William Henry (1806–1872), writer and philosopher, was born at North End, Hammersmith, on 5 January 1806, the youngest son in the large family of Richard Smith (d. 1823), a retired barrister; his mother Ann (1766/1767–1842), to whom he was devoted but about whom little is known, was partly German in descent. He studied with a local clergyman, and then at ...

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William Henry Smith (1808–1872) by unknown sculptor, c. 1840s © National Portrait Gallery, London