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Boaden, James (1762–1839), biographer and playwright, was born on 23 May 1762 in Whitehaven, Cumberland, the only son of William Boaden (1735?–1790) and his wife, Elizabeth. His father (originally from Penryn, Cornwall), a merchant in the Russian trade, took the family to ...

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Des Maizeaux, Pierre (1672/3–1745), biographer and journalist, was born at Paillat in the Auvergne, France, the only child of Louis Des Maizeaux (d. 1701), protestant pastor, and Marie Dumonteil (d. 1726). In 1685, after his father was indicted for sedition for an incautious remark in a sermon about ...

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Monypenny, William Flavelle (1866–1912), journalist and biographer, came of an Ulster protestant family of Scottish extraction, which until 1898 spelt the surname Monypeny. The second son of William Monypeny, a small landowner, of Ballyworkan, co. Armagh, and of Mary Anne Flavelle, his wife, he was born probably at ...

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Muirhead, James Patrick (1813–1898), biographer, was born on 26 July 1813 at The Grove, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the son of Lockhart Muirhead and his wife, Anne Campbell. His parents were both Scottish, his father being principal librarian, and from 1808 to 1829 regius professor of natural history, in ...