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Burt, Edmund (d. 1755), author and rent collector, is known to have been born in England and in 1725 to have referred to his wife's being in London. On 31 May of the same year he was appointed receiver-general and collector of rents on the unsold forfeited estates in ...

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Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...

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Grahame, Kenneth (1859–1932), writer and secretary of the Bank of England, was born on 8 March 1859 at 32 Castle Street, Edinburgh, the second son and third of four children of James Cunningham Grahame (1830–1887), advocate, and his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie; 1837–1864), daughter of ...

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Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) by John Singer Sargent, 1912 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Hill, Aaron (1685–1750), writer and entrepreneur, was born on 10 February 1685 in Beaufort Buildings, the Strand, the eldest son of George Hill, an attorney of Whitchurch Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Declining family fortunes forced George Hill to sell his estate in 1707. Ann Gregory...

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O'Duffy, Eimar Ultan (1893–1935), writer and political economist, was born on 29 September 1893 at 26 Gardiner Place, Dublin, the elder son of Kevin Emmet O'Duffy, a prominent dentist, and his wife, Pauline, née Campbell. His grandfather John O'Duffy had been the founder (with others) of the ...

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Eimar Ultan O'Duffy (1893–1935) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Roby, John (1793–1850), writer and banker, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, on 5 January 1793 and baptized on 30 January in St Paul's Independent Chapel, Standishgate, Wigan, the youngest child of Nehemiah Roby (bap. 1737, d. 1815) and his second wife, Mary Aspull...

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White, James (bap. 1775, d. 1820), author and advertising agent, was baptized on 17 April 1775 in Worcester, the third son of Samuel White of Bewdley, Worcestershire, and his wife, Mary, née Willes. He spent 'many of the earliest days of [his] youth' 'in the Neighbourhood' of the ...