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A. A. Brodribb

revised by G. Martin Murphy

Cooper, Thompson (1837–1904), biographer and journalist, born at Cambridge on 8 January 1837, was the eldest son of Charles Henry Cooper (1808–1866), the Cambridge antiquary, and his wife, Jane, the youngest daughter of John Thompson of Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire.

A younger brother, John William Cooper (1845–1906)...

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Des Maizeaux, Pierre (1672/3–1745), biographer and journalist, was born at Paillat in the Auvergne, France, the only child of Louis Des Maizeaux (d. 1701), protestant pastor, and Marie Dumonteil (d. 1726). In 1685, after his father was indicted for sedition for an incautious remark in a sermon about ...

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Hebblethwaite, Peter (1930–1994), journalist and biographer, was born on 30 September 1930 at 91 Welbeck Street, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, the elder by five years of the two children, both boys, of Charles Hebblethwaite (b. 1903), an itinerant seller of crockery, and his wife, ...

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Monypenny, William Flavelle (1866–1912), journalist and biographer, came of an Ulster protestant family of Scottish extraction, which until 1898 spelt the surname Monypeny. The second son of William Monypeny, a small landowner, of Ballyworkan, co. Armagh, and of Mary Anne Flavelle, his wife, he was born probably at ...

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Purcell, Edmund Sheridan (1823–1899), journalist and biographer, was born on 1 December 1823 at 28 Montagu Square, London, one of the ten children of Richard Purcell (d. 1836), an estate owner in Granada and Trinidad, and Calia Catherine, née Lyndsey, daughter and heir of ...

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Quennell, Sir Peter Courtney (1905–1993), writer and editor, was born on 9 March 1905 at 9 The Avenue, Bickley, Bromley, Kent, the eldest of the three children of Charles Henry Bourne Quennell (1872–1935), architect, author, and social historian, and his wife, Marjorie Quennell (1883–1972)...

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Sir Thomas Wemyss Reid (1842–1905) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. Le G. Norgate

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Reid, Sir Thomas Wemyss (1842–1905), journalist and biographer, born in Elswick Row, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 29 March 1842, was the second son of Alexander Reid, Congregational minister of that town from 1830 to 1880, and his second wife, Jessy Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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Rose, Kenneth Vivian (1924–2014), journalist and biographer, was born on 15 November 1924 at 348 Wakefield Road, Bradford, the younger son of Jack Rose, formerly Jacob Rosencwige, physician and surgeon, and his wife Ada, née Silverstein, a pharmacologist who served in the Voluntary Aid Detachment...

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Woodcock, George (1912–1995), writer and journal editor, was born at Grace Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 8 May 1912, the only child of (Samuel) Arthur Woodcock (d. 1926), railway clerk, and his wife, Margaret Gertrude, née Lewis (d. 1940). His parents had moved to ...