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Baines, Edward (1774–1848), newspaper proprietor, politician, and historian, was born at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, on 5 February 1774, the second son of Richard Baines (d. 1811) and his wife, Jane (née Chew). Richard Baines, who was born near Ripon and came from a farming family, had moved to ...

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Blackwood, William (1776–1834), publisher and founder of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, was born in Edinburgh on 20 November 1776, the second son of Alexander Blackwood (1736–1802), descended from a family of silk mercers, and Janet Drysdale. On finishing his formal education at the age of fourteen, ...

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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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W. F. Rae

revised by Eugenio F. Biagini

Cowen, Joseph (1829–1900), politician and journalist, was born at his parents' home, Stella Hall, Blaydon-on-Tyne, co. Durham, on 9 July 1829. He was eldest of the four sons and one daughter of Sir Joseph Cowen (1800–1873) and his wife, Mary (...

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Fonblanque, Albany William (1793–1872), political journalist and journal editor, was born in London, the third and youngest son of John Fonblanque (1759–1837), distinguished lawyer and MP for Camelford (1802–6), who in 1828 changed his surname by royal licence to de Grenier Fonblanque, and ...

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Gardiner, Alfred George (1865–1946), newspaper editor and journalist, was born at Rainsford Road, Chelmsford on 2 June 1865. He was the youngest of the eight children of Henry James Gardiner, a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Susannah, née Taylor. Like his brothers before him he left school at fourteen to join the ...

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G. C. Boase

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Grattan, Thomas Colley (1791–1864), journalist and novelist, was born in Dublin, a younger son of Colley Grattan (1754–c.1815), a Dublin solicitor, later coroner of Kildare, and his wife, Elizabeth Warren. His father was a second cousin both of the Irish parliamentary leader ...

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Gray, Edmund Dwyer (1845–1888), newspaper proprietor and politician, second son of the Irish nationalist Sir John Gray (1816–1875) and Anna, daughter of James Dwyer, was born in Dublin on 29 December 1845. After his education Gray joined in the management of his father's newspaper, the ...

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Muggeridge, (Thomas) Malcolm (1903–1990), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 24 March 1903 in Croydon, Surrey, the third of five sons, one of whom died in 1922 (there were no daughters), of Henry Thomas Benjamin Muggeridge, Labour politician, and his wife, Annie Booler...

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Potter, Dennis Christopher George (1935–1994), journalist and playwright, was born on 17 May 1935 at Joyford Hill, off Berry Hill, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, the eldest child and only son of Walter Edward Potter (1906–1975), coalminer, and his wife, Margaret Constance, née Wale (...

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Riddell, George Allardice, Baron Riddell (1865–1934), newspaper proprietor, was born at 2 Stanhope Place, Loughborough Road, Brixton Heath, London, on 25 May 1865, the only son of James Riddell, photographer, and his wife, Isabel Young. Educated privately, he was first employed as a clerk by a ...

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Sharp, Clifford Dyce (1883–1935), journalist and journal editor, was born on 21 October 1883 at White Post House, Redhill, Surrey, the son of William Sharp, a solicitor, and his wife, Harriot Luisa Dyce. He had a stern nonconformist upbringing, and after attending St Lawrence College...