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Grierson, Sir Herbert John Clifford (1866–1960), literary critic and scholar, was born on 16 January 1866 in Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland, the third of the six children of Andrew John Grierson (1832–1896) and Alice Geraldine Clifford (1837–1917). His father owned the estate of ...

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Sir Sidney Lee (1859–1926) by Frederick Hollyer V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Lee, Sir Sidney (1859–1926), second editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and literary scholar, was born Solomon Lazarus Lee at 12 Keppel Street, Bloomsbury, London, on 5 December 1859, the elder son of Lazarus Lee, merchant, and his wife, Jessie Davis. He had a younger brother and four sisters, of whom the eldest of the family, ...

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Prince, Frank Templeton (1912–2003), poet and scholar, was born in Kimberley, South Africa, on 13 September 1912, the second of three children of Henry (Harry) Prince (formerly Prinz), a diamond merchant from London's East End, of Dutch descent, and his wife, Margaret Templeton, ...

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Sir Leslie Stephen (1832–1904) by George Charles Beresford, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), author, literary critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, was born at his father's house in Kensington Gore, later 42 Hyde Park Gate, London, on 28 November 1832. His grandfather was James Stephen (1758–1832), master in ...