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Francis Espinasse

revised by M. J. Mercer

Banks, John (1709–1751), poet and biographer, was born at Sonning, Berkshire. After the death about 1715 of his father, John, his education was entrusted to his uncle, who placed him at a local private school run by Mr Belpene. Banks proved to be a bright and able scholar but was shortly afterwards withdrawn from the school, allegedly because his schoolmaster was jealous of his ability. A more plausible explanation would be that the uncle was unwilling or unable to continue to pay for his nephew's education. ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Rebecca Mills

Bingham, Peregrine (1754–1826), biographer and poet, was the second son of George Bingham (1715–1800), rector for fifty-two years of Pimperne, Dorset, and Sarah Beale (d. 1756). He was educated at Winchester College, before matriculating at New College, Oxford on 15 March 1771. He was admitted as a scholar there on 31 August 1772, and he proceeded BCL on 7 July 1780. He was a fellow of ...

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Cavendish, George (b. 1494, d. in or before 1562?), biographer and poet, was born on 21 June 1494, the fourth child and eldest son of Thomas Cavendish (d. 1524), clerk of the pipe to Henry VII and Henry VIII, and Alice, daughter of ...

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Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (1870–1945) by George Charles Beresford, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Douglas, Lord Alfred Bruce (1870–1945), poet and biographer, was born on 22 October 1870 at Ham Hill near Worcester, the third son of John Sholto Douglas, ninth marquess of Queensberry (1844–1900), and his wife, Sybil (1845–1935), daughter of Alfred Montgomery, a commissioner of ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Sarah Brolly

Harper, William (1806–1857), poet and biographer, was born in Manchester, the son of William and Frances Harper. He was originally intended for the ministry but, discouraged by friends, he turned to commercial pursuits, becoming a yarn merchant in Pall Mall, Manchester. He also assisted the local Conservative association in the organization of Sunday schools and of evening classes for working people. For many years he contributed verses to the Conservative ...

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Hayley, William (1745–1820), poet and biographer, was born on 9 November 1745 in Chichester, Sussex, the second son of Thomas Hayley (1715–1748) and his second wife, Mary (1718–1774), daughter of Colonel Thomas Yates, MP for Chichester, and his wife, Margaret. Both parents had an Anglican background: ...

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Symmons, Charles (1749–1826), poet and biographer, was born at Cardigan, the younger son of John Symmons (1701–1764) of Llanstinan, MP for Cardigan in 1746–61, and his wife, Maria (d. 1763), daughter of Charles Phillips, of Sandyhaven, in the parish of St Ishmaels, Pembrokeshire...

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Wills, James (1790–1868), poet, Church of Ireland clergyman, and biographer, was born on 1 January 1790, the younger son of Thomas Wills of Willsgrove, co. Roscommon, a country gentleman heir to an Irish family originally from Cornwall, and his second wife, a daughter of ...

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Winstanley, William (d. 1698), compiler of biographies and poet, was the second son of Henry Winstanley of Quendon, Essex, and his wife, Elizabeth; the builder Henry Winstanley was his nephew. Winstanley was sworn as a freeman of Saffron Walden on 21 April 1649 and maintained the association throughout his life. ...

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William Winstanley (d. 1698) by unknown engraver, pubd 1662 © Copyright The British Museum