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Adams, William Davenport (1851–1904), journalist and compiler of reference works, was born at Park Terrace, New Park Road, Brixton, on 28 December 1851, the elder surviving son of William Henry Davenport Adams (1828–1891), then a private tutor, and his wife, Sarah Esther, née...

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Alexander, Peter (1893–1969), literary editor and scholar, was born on 19 September 1893, at 3 Great George Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, the only son of Robert Alexander (1844–1900) of Glasgow, schoolmaster and later head teacher, and Christina Cameron McDonald Munn (1863–1949), schoolmistress. After his father's death in 1900 ...

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Allott, Robert (fl. 1599–1600), literary compiler, was the editor of Wits Theater (1599) and Englands Parnassus (1600). There are two possible candidates for identification with the editor. Rollins, Eccles, and I favour the Robert Allott who was a gentleman from Driby, Lincolnshire, born about 1563–4, one of four sons of ...

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Alston, Robin Carfrae (1933–2011), bibliographer and publisher, was born on 29 January 1933 in Maraval, Trinidad, the second son of Wilfred Louis Alston (1900–1993), businessman, and his wife, Margaret Louise, née MacKenzie (1900–1975). His father had also been born in Trinidad, and his mother in ...

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Baddam, Benjamin (c. 1693–1740?), printer and compiler of the Memoirs of the Royal Society, was the eldest of three children of Benjamin Baddam (1670–1700/01), free of the Glaziers' Company in 1692, who married Elizabeth Palmer (1672–1701×16), daughter of John Palmer, a dyer, at ...

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Bannatyne, George (1545–1607/8), compiler of the Bannatyne manuscript, was born in Edinburgh on 22 December 1545, the seventh child and fourth (but second surviving) son of James Bannatyne of Kirktown of Newtyle (1512–1584) and Catherine Telfer (1522/3–1570). George had eleven brothers and eleven sisters. No offspring is known from his father's second marriage in 1573 to ...

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Baron, Richard (d. 1768), literary editor and political writer, was born at Leeds, and educated at Glasgow University between October 1737 and May 1740. He left with a testimonial signed by Francis Hutcheson and Robert Simpson. Baron became a friend of Thomas Gordon...

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Beadle, Jeremy James Anthony Gibson (1948–2008), broadcaster and author, was born at 262 Victoria Park Road, Hackney, London, on 12 April 1948, the son of Marjorie (Marji) Beadle (1921–2004), of 25 St George's Road, Leyton, a clerk for a boxing promoter. His father was a married ...

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Bentley, Thomas (c. 1543x6–1585), literary compiler, was the son of Richard Bentley (d. 1572/3), who built and operated Bentley's Rents, lodgings for students at Gray's Inn, and his wife, Alice (d. 1578). In 1563 Thomas Bentley was himself admitted to Gray's Inn...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Bernard, John Peter (d. 1750), compiler of histories and biographer, was the son of James Bernard, a French protestant minister and author. He was educated at the University of Leiden and took degrees in arts and philosophy. By 1733 he was settled in ...

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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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Birch, Thomas (1705–1766), compiler of histories and biographer, was born on 23 November 1705 at Clerkenwell, the eighth of ten children of Joseph Birch (c.1667–1730) and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1746). In 1700 his parents had moved from Birmingham to ...

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Blackwood, William (1836–1912), literary editor and publisher, was born on 13 July 1836 at Lucknow, India, eldest son of Major William Blackwood (1810–1861) and Emma Moore. In 1842 he was sent back to the family home in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, to begin his education at the ...

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Bowdler, Thomas (1754–1825), writer and literary editor, was born on 11 July 1754 at Ashley, near Bath, the younger son of Thomas Bowdler (bap. 1719, d. 1785) and his wife, Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton (d. 1797). His father, a gentleman of independent fortune, was descended from an ancient family originally settled at ...

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Bowle, John (1725–1788), literary editor, was born on 15 October 1725 at Idmiston, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, the eldest of the four children of John Bowle (c.1700–1743), gentleman, and his wife, Sarah (1700–1785), daughter of the Revd Thomas Westley, rector of Brockley, Somerset...

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Braham, Robert (fl. 1555), literary editor, is known to posterity solely by his 'pistle to the reader' that prefaces the edition of John Lydgate's Troy Book, published by Thomas Marshe in 1555. Braham offers a critique of earlier versions of the ...

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Braybrooke, Neville Patrick Bellairs (1923–2001), writer and editor, was born at 22A Devonshire Street, London, on 30 May 1923, the only child of Patrick Philip William Braybrooke, journalist and biographer, and his first wife, Lettice Marjorie, née Bellairs (1890–1986), who had been a nurse before her marriage. His father left his mother when ...

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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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Buckminster [Buckmaster], Thomas (1531/2–1599), Church of England clergyman and almanac writer, was vicar of Twickenham from 1562 to 1563, then rector at All Hallows-the-Great, London, 1564–72, and rector at St Mary Woolnoth from 1572 until his death. He is sometimes supposed to have been a relative of ...