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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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J. E. G. de Montmorency

revised by Tim Macquiban

Bunting, Sir Percy William (1836–1911), social reformer and journal editor, born on 1 February 1836 at Ratcliffe, near Manchester, was only son of Thomas Percival Bunting and his wife, Eliza Bealey. Bunting's father, third son of Jabez Bunting, was a solicitor in Manchester...

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Elwin, Whitwell (1816–1900), Church of England clergyman and journal editor, was the third son of Marsham Elwin of Thurning, Norfolk, and his wife, Emma Louisa Whitwell. He was born at Thurning on 26 February 1816, and, after education at Paston grammar school, North Walsham...

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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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Ford, Ford Madox [formerly Ford Hermann Hueffer] (1873–1939), writer and editor, was born on 17 December 1873 at 5 Fair Lawn Villas, Merton, Surrey, the first among the three children of Francis Hueffer (1845–1889), musicologist and author, and Catherine (1850–1927), painter, daughter of ...

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Gifford, William (1756–1826), satirist and editor, was born in April 1756 in Ashburton, Devon, the first of the two sons of Edward Gifford (d. 1767), glazier and house painter, and his wife, Elizabeth, formerly Cain (d. 1768), the daughter of a local carpenter. ...

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G. B. Smith

revised by Ruth Richardson and Robert Thorne

Godwin, George (1813–1888), architect and journal editor, was born in Brompton Terrace, Kensington, London, on 28 January 1813, one of nine children of George Godwin senior (1780–1863) and his wife, Mary Anne (1790–1872). His father was an architect and surveyor who played a significant role in the development of ...

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Knowles, Sir James Thomas (1831–1908), journal editor and architect, born at Reigate, Surrey, on 13 October 1831, was the eldest child in the family of two sons and three daughters of James Thomas Knowles (1806–1884), architect, and his wife, Susannah (1810–1876), daughter of ...

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Lockhart, John Gibson (1794–1854), writer and literary editor, was born on 12 June 1794 in the manse at Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the eldest of five children of Dr John Lockhart (1761–1842), minister of the parish church of Cambusnethan, and his second wife, Elizabeth (...

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Lockyer, Sir Joseph Norman (1836–1920), astronomer and journal editor, was born on 17 May 1836 at Rugby, the only son of Joseph Hooley Lockyer, surgeon-apothecary, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Edward Norman, squire of Cosford, Warwickshire. He was educated at private schools in ...

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Maddox, Sir John Royden (1925–2009), scientific journalist and editor, was born on 27 November 1925 at Broomfield, Penllergaer, near Swansea, the son of Arthur John (Jack) Maddox, a furnaceman in a tinplate mill, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, née Davies. From Gowerton Boys' County School...

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Murry, John Middleton (1889–1957), writer and journal editor, was born on 6 August 1889 in Peckham, London, the elder of the two sons of John Murry (1860/61–1947), a clerk in the Inland Revenue, and his wife, Emily (1869/70–1951), née Wheeler. John Murry was a determined man from an impoverished and illiterate background who taught himself to write. Poor but ambitious, he saw education as the sole means to fulfil his aspirations for his son. Subjected to intense pressure to learn from the time he could speak, ...

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Orage, Alfred Richard (1873–1934), journal editor and advocate of social credit, was born on 22 January 1873 at Dacre, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the last of four children of William Steverson Orage (d. c.1875), farmer and later head teacher at his own school at ...

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Henry Davey

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Prout, Ebenezer (1835–1909), music theorist and journal editor, was born on 1 March 1835 at Oundle, Northamptonshire, the son of the Revd Ebenezer Prout, a Congregational minister, from a Devon family, and nephew of the water-colour painter Samuel Prout. He was taught music by his father, and was educated at ...

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Simon Nowell-Smith

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Richmond, Sir Bruce Lyttelton (1871–1964), journal editor, was born at Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London, on 12 January 1871, the only child of Douglas Close Richmond, who became secretary of the Charity Commission and comptroller in the Exchequer and Audit Office (1900–04) and his first wife, ...

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Rintoul, Robert Stephen (1787–1858), journal editor, was born at Tibbermore, in Perthshire. He was educated at the parish school of Aberdalgie and apprenticed as a printer in Edinburgh. His career as a journalist started in April 1809, when he became a printer for the ...

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Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1919), art critic and literary editor, was born on 25 September 1829 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, third of four children of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854), professor of Italian and Dante scholar, and his wife, Frances Mary Lavinia (1800–1886)...

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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...

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Sibbald, James (1747–1803), bookseller and journal editor, was born at Whitlaw farm, Roxburghshire, the third of the seven children of John Sibbald (1714–1781), farmer, and Margaret Grieve. After attending the Selkirk grammar school he worked as a farmer, grazing his sheep at the farms of ...

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Smellie, William (1740–1795), printer, editor, and author, was born in the Pleasance, a suburb of old Edinburgh, the second among six children of Alexander Smellie (1699–1752), a mason and master builder. His mother's identity is unknown and his own birth date uncertain because his father followed the Cameronians, an outlawed Presbyterian sect that eschewed record keeping for fear of persecution. His religious practices estranged ...