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Ablett, Noah (1883–1935), miners' leader and adult educator, was born on 4 October 1883 in Ynys-hir, near Porth, Rhondda, Glamorgan, the tenth of eleven children of John Ablett, miner, and his wife, Jane, née Williams. Educated at Ferndale higher grade school, he was a boy preacher. He followed his father and elder brothers and started work in the ...

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Bonwick, James (1817–1906), educationist and historian, was born on 8 July 1817 at Lingfield, Surrey, the eldest son of James Bonwick, a former small farmer who had left the land to become a carpenter, and his wife, Mary née Preston. Educated at the ...

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Davidson, Thomas (1840–1900), philosopher and adult educationist, was born on 25 October 1840 in Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, the elder child of the unmarried Mary Warrender, a farm labourer, and Thomas Davidson, a farmer. His brother, John Morrison Davidson, journalist and radical, was born in 1843. When his grandfather died, his grandmother, by now widowed mother, and aunt moved to the nearby village of ...

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Leonard Horner (1785–1864) by unknown artist Heriot-Watt University Archive

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Laurie, James Stuart (1832–1904), educationist, was born in Edinburgh on 21 September 1832, younger son of James Laurie, chaplain to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Simon Somerville, United Presbyterian minister at Elgin. Simon Somerville Laurie (1829–1909), later professor of education at ...

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Lethaby, William Richard (1857–1931), educationist and architect, was born at Grosvenor Street, Barnstaple, on 18 January 1857, the only son and youngest of two children of Richard Pyle Lethaby (d. c.1904), of Barnstaple, and his wife, Mary Rowe Crago (d...

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William Richard Lethaby (1857–1931) by unknown photographer RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Pite, Arthur Beresford (1861–1934), architect and educator, was born on 2 September 1861 at 9 South Terrace, Grosvenor Park, Walworth, Surrey, the second son of Alfred Robert Pite (1832–1911), architect, and his wife, Hephzibah Starkey, and was baptized on 27 February 1862 at ...

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Thomas, David (1880–1967), educationist and socialist, was born on 16 July 1880 at Quarry Cottage, Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire, the son of David Thomas, a mason and farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Jones. He was educated locally and briefly attended Oswestry grammar school before finding work in a draper's shop. In 1895 he became a pupil teacher in the ...

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Vischer, Sir Hanns (1876–1945), educationist, was born at Basel, Switzerland, on 14 September 1876, the third of five children of Adolf Eberhard Vischer (1839–1902), a prosperous Swiss silk merchant, and his wife, Carolina Rosalia (Rosalie) Sarasin. His father was a deeply committed evangelical Christian and an Anglophile, sentiments which his son ...

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Woodward, Hezekiah (1591/2–1675), educationist and divine, was born in Worcestershire, the youngest of nine children. Like most educational reformers, Woodward was critical of his own upbringing. According to the autobiographical details in his 'Of the child's portion' (1640), published in A Sons Patrimony and a Daughters Portion...