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Breeks, James Wilkinson (1830–1872), administrator in India and anthropologist, was born at Warcop, near Brough, Westmorland, on 5 March 1830, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Breeks. He was educated at Blackheath proprietary school, and in 1847, on the recommendation of his uncle, ...

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Campbell, Sir James Macnabb (1846–1903), administrator in India and ethnologist, born at Partick, Lanarkshire, on 4 October 1846, was the son of John McLeod Campbell (1800–1872), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, and his wife, Mary Campbell. His brother Donald (d. 1909)...

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Grimble, Sir Arthur Francis (1888–1956), colonial governor and ethnographer, was born in Hong Kong on 11 June 1888, the son of Frank Grimble, a partner in the Admiralty contractors Caird and Rayner, and his wife, Blanche Ann Arthur. He was educated at Chigwell School, Essex...

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Hose, Charles (1863–1929), colonial official and ethnologist, was born on 12 October 1863 at Willian, Hertfordshire, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Thomas Charles Hose, a Church of England priest, later rector of ...

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McPherson, Joseph Williams (1866–1946), colonial official and anthropologist, was born at Brislington, near Bristol, on 29 August 1866, the youngest of six sons of Dougal McPherson (1824–1883), superintendent of Brislington House Asylum, and his wife, Eliza Williams (1823–1900). Both parents were strict covenanting Christians from the Scottish highlands, where his father had been an estate manager. ...

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Meek, Charles Kingsley (1885–1965), anthropologist and colonial administrator, was born on 24 June 1885 in Ballyloran, Larne, co. Antrim, the son of James Brady Meek, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth McCarter. Educated first at Rothesay Academy and Bedford School, he went up to ...

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Rattray, Robert Sutherland (1881–1938), colonial official and ethnographer, was born on 5 September 1881 in Bahr, Bengal, the fourth child of Arthur Rattray, Indian civil servant, and his wife, Mary Sutherland. A scion of distinguished Anglo-Indian families, he was sent home as a child to ...

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Rees, Alwyn David (1911–1974), social anthropologist and Welsh nationalist, was born at Llanarel, Coalbrook, Gorseinon, Glamorgan, on 27 March 1911, the son of Theophilus Rees, a winder at the Mynydd colliery in Gorseinon, and his wife, Mary, née Davies. Alwyn was the eldest of their four children, all of whom became involved in the world of education. He attended the primary school at ...

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Risley, Sir Herbert Hope (1851–1911), administrator in India and anthropologist, was born on 4 January 1851 at Akeley, Buckinghamshire, where his father, John Holford Risley, was rector. His mother was Frances, daughter of John Hope, at one time residency surgeon of Gwalior. On 13 July 1863 he was elected a scholar of ...

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Sir Herbert Hope Risley (1851–1911) by Lafayette, c. 1910 © reserved; Royal Anthropological Institute, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Skeat, Walter William (1866–1953), colonial administrator and ethnographer, was born at 22 Regent Street, Cambridge, on 14 October 1866, the elder son in the family of two sons and four daughters of Walter William Skeat (1835–1912), philologist, and his wife, Bertha Clara, née...

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White, John (1826–1891), ethnographer and public servant in New Zealand, one of the eight children of Francis White, a blacksmith, and his wife, Jane, née Angus, was born in Cockfield, co. Durham, on 3 January 1826, and emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1834. They settled first at the ...