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Almon, John (1737–1805), bookseller and political journalist, was born on 17 December 1737 in Moore Street, Liverpool, to the Irish-born John Almon (b. 1706), seaman, and his wife, Isabella Thompson (d. 1744). Apprenticed to a Liverpool bookseller in March 1751, Almon...

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Driver, Christopher Prout (1932–1997), journalist and writer on food, was born in India on 1 December 1932, the son of Arthur Herbert Driver, a Presbyterian medical missionary, and his wife, Elsie Kathleen Shepherd. When the family returned to England, Dr Driver ran Book in Hand...

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Duncan, William Augustine (1811–1885), newspaper editor and customs official in Australia, was born on 12 March 1811 at Bluefield, Towie, Aberdeenshire, the son of Peter Duncan and his wife, Mary, née Macdougal. He was educated with a view to being ordained in the ...

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Griffiths, Ralph (1720?–1803), journal editor and bookseller, is said to have been born in 1720; most authorities give Shropshire as the place, while others simply mention that he was first heard of in Staffordshire. He does not appear in written records until his legal troubles in ...

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Ambrose Heath (1891–1969) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heath, Ambrose (1891–1969), writer on cookery and journalist, was born Francis Geoffrey Miller (the second forename was later changed to Gerald) on 7 February 1891 at 16 Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London, the son of Francis Miller (1866–1935), electrical engineer, and his wife, ...

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Heywood, Abel (1810–1893), newsagent and publisher, was born on 25 February 1810 in Prestwich, Lancashire, the youngest son of the four children born to Betty and John Heywood, whose second marriage it was. John Heywood, a ‘putter out’ for weavers, died in 1812. In 1819 his widow moved to ...

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Jackson, Michael (1942–2007), journalist and writer on beer and whisky, was born on 27 March 1942 at Stockeld Park maternity home, Spofforth, Wetherby, Yorkshire, the son of Isaac (Jack) Jackson, First Aid Party member and commercial traveller, and Margaret Duff, née Millington, the wife of ...

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Lemon, Denis Edward (1945–1994), newspaper proprietor and restaurateur, was born on 11 August 1945 at Berryfield House, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, the eldest child and only son of Albert Edward Lemon, an executive officer with the Assistance Board, and his partner, Jane Kenyon, formerly Unsworth (1912–1988)...

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Denis Edward Lemon (1945–1994) by unknown photographer, 1977 Getty Images

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Sir Peter Gordon Masefield (1914–2006) by J. Russell & Sons Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)

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Masefield, Sir Peter Gordon (1914–2006), aeronautical engineer, journalist, and industrialist, was born at Tolima, Albert Road, Trentham, Staffordshire, on 19 March 1914, the son of William Gordon Masefield (1885–1974), a doctor specializing in mental health, and his wife, Marian Ada (1885–1976), daughter of ...

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Morrison, James (1802–1835), journalist and trade unionist, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne to working-class parents, probably of Scottish descent. A house-painter by trade, he first came into public life in Birmingham in his mid-twenties. In 1822 he began to live with the sixteen-year-old ...

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Murdoch, John (1818–1903), journalist and customs and excise official, was born on 15 January 1818 at Lynemore Farm, Ardclach, Nairnshire, Scotland, the second child and eldest son of the nine children of John Murdoch, farm manager, and Mary McPherson, daughter of an Inverness-shire...

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Newton, William (1822–1876), trade unionist and journalist, was born in Congleton, Cheshire, the son of William Newton, a skilled engineer. He began an engineering apprenticeship at Kirk's foundry, Etruria, Staffordshire, at the age of fourteen, became a member of the Journeymen Steam Engine and Machine Makers' Society...

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Postgate, Raymond William (1896–1971), journalist and writer on food and wine, was born in Cambridge on 6 November 1896, the eldest of four sons and second of the six children of John Percival Postgate (1853–1926), classical scholar and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Potter, George (1832–1893), trade unionist and journalist, was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, the son of Edmund William Potter, a carpenter, and his wife, Anne. As one of seven children, he had to leave the local endowed school after only a few years to find paid work, before following his father into the woodworking trade through an apprenticeship with a joiner in ...

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Prentice, Archibald (1792–1857), journalist and free-trader, was born on 17 November 1792 at Covington Mains, a farm in the Upper ward of Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was one of seven children born to the yeoman farmer Archibald Prentice and his second wife, Helen, daughter of ...