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Boyne, (Donald Arthur) Colin Aydon (1921–2006), architectural journalist and editor, was born on 15 February 1921 at Holnest, Farway, Honiton, Devon, the only child of Captain Lytton Leonard Boyne (b. 1887), formerly of the 3rd Royal Sussex regiment, and his wife, Millicent, ...

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Cartwright, Albert (1868–1956), journalist and newspaper and magazine editor, was born at 14 Orvil Street, Hulme, Lancashire on 25 December 1868, the son of Thomas Cartwright (1837/8–1923), stationer and bookseller, and his wife, Annie, née Jackson (1842–1914). After attending school in Davyhulme he emigrated to ...

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Albany William Fonblanque (1793–1872) by Alfred, Count D'Orsay, 1838 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Harrison, Austin Frederic (1873–1928), journalist and journal editor, was born on 27 March 1873 at 1 Southwick Place, London, the second of four sons and a daughter of the positivist writers Frederic Harrison (1831–1923) and his wife, Ethel Bertha Harrison (1851–1916). His first lessons, with his older brother, ...

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Sir John Royden Maddox (1925–2009) by David Rose, 2003 © David Rose / Rex Features

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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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Martin, (Basil) Kingsley (1897–1969), political journalist and journal editor, was born in Ingestre Street, Hereford, on 28 July 1897, the second of four children of the Congregational minister (David) Basil Martin (1858-1940), and his wife, Alice Charlotte, née Turberville (1867-1934). His father was known locally as a man of the highest integrity who stuck fast to his Christian socialist principles, not least his belief in absolute pacifism. He attracted grudging respect but often harsh criticism, not just from the respectable burghers of ...

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Osborne, George (1690?–1762?), journalist and journal editor, was probably born in 1690; details of his parents are unknown. He was clearly well educated and appears to have been a lawyer by training. The crypto-Jacobite journal the Mitre and Crown (1748–51), for which he was the editor and principal writer, was described as being '...

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Clifford Dyce Sharp (1883–1935) by unknown photographer © reserved; New Statesman and Society; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Shimmin, Hugh (1819–1879), journalist and journal editor, was born on 6 September 1819, in Castletown, Isle of Man. His father was a stonemason but very little is known about his parents.

Shimmin's life might be rendered as a Smilesian story of triumphant self-help and character, pulling the protagonist up from humble origins in defiance of all temptations. Of Manx extraction, he spent his early years in ...

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Tyerman, Donald (1908–1981), journalist and journal editor, was born on 1 March 1908 in Middlesbrough, the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of Joseph Tyerman, an accountant, who took jobs in Kenya, and his wife, Catherine Day, who was originally a teacher. At the age of three ...

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Auberon Alexander Waugh (1939–2001) by John Swannell, 1982 © John Swannell

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Waugh, Auberon Alexander [Bron] (1939–2001), journalist and author, was born on 17 November 1939 at Pixton Park, Dulverton, Somerset, the country house of his mother's family, the second of six surviving children and eldest of three sons of Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh (1903–1966)...

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Wills, William Henry (1810–1880), journalist and journal editor, was born on 13 January 1810, in Plymouth, Devon, the son of a wealthy shipowner and prize agent, and his wife, Jane (d. 1854). Wills had one sister and one brother. Because his father lost the greater part of his money, in 1819 (or 1820) the family moved to ...