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David Mather Masson (1822–1907) by Sir George Reid, 1896 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Masson, David Mather (1822–1907), biographer, literary scholar, and editor, was born on 7 December 1822 in Aberdeen, the son of William Masson, a stonecutter, and his wife, Sarah Mather. Educated at Aberdeen grammar school (1831–5) under the tutelage of James Melvin, Masson received a bursary to study at ...

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Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson (1913–1991) by Sir Cecil Beaton © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, Sir Angus Frank Johnstone (1913–1991), novelist and biographer, was born on 11 August 1913 at Dunscore, Dorset Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, the sixth son of William Thomas Frank Johnstone-Wilson (1865–1938), and Maud Ellen, née Caney (1867–1929), daughter of a wealthy jeweller in Durban, South Africa...