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Sir Percy William Bunting (1836–1911) by unknown photographer, pubd 1910 © National Portrait Gallery, London


J. E. G. de Montmorency

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Bunting, Sir Percy William (1836–1911), social reformer and journal editor, born on 1 February 1836 at Ratcliffe, near Manchester, was only son of Thomas Percival Bunting and his wife, Eliza Bealey. Bunting's father, third son of Jabez Bunting, was a solicitor in Manchester...


Campbell, John (1795–1867), Congregational minister and journal editor, only child of Alexander Campbell, surgeon, was born on 5 October 1795 at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire. He was educated at local schools then went to sea, but he deserted his ship at Fakenham, Norfolk, and walked home. He then worked as a blacksmith in ...


Hughes, John [called Glanystwyth] (1842–1902), Wesleyan Methodist minister and editor, son of John Hughes (1815–1843), a butcher, and Jane, his wife, was born on 15 April 1842, at Cwm Magwr Isaf, in the village of Cnwch-coch, parish of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Cardiganshire. Left an orphan at an early age, he received some education at ...


John K. Walton and Alastair Wilcox

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 ...