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Birch, Thomas (1705–1766), compiler of histories and biographer, was born on 23 November 1705 at Clerkenwell, the eighth of ten children of Joseph Birch (c.1667–1730) and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1746). In 1700 his parents had moved from Birmingham to ...


G. C. Boase

revised by Charles Brayne

Harford, John Scandrett (1787–1866), biographer, was born at Bristol on 8 October 1787, the second son of the banker and manufacturer John Scandrett Harford (1754–1815) [see Harford family] of Blaise Castle, Henbury, Gloucestershire, and Mary (d. 1830), daughter of Abraham Gray...


E. V. Knox

revised by Katharine Chubbuck

Lucas, Edward Verrall (1868–1938), essayist and biographer, was born at the Villa Stresa in Wellington Road, Eltham, Kent, on 12 June 1868, the second son of the four sons and three daughters of Alfred Lucas (1841–1895) of Sussex, agent for insurance companies and building societies and formerly a woollen merchant, and his wife, ...


Edward Verrall Lucas (1868–1938) by Howard Coster, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Charlotte Fell-Smith

revised by Emma Major

Tomkins, John (c. 1663–1706), Quaker preacher and biographer, was born to Quaker parents. His father died when he was very young but his mother, who married again, ensured that he received a religious education, and he helped her in her business. He assisted the poor and the sick, and he became a good preacher....


Whitehead, John (1739/40–1804), physician and biographer, was born, apparently in Dukinfield, Cheshire, one of at least three sons of 'humble' and allegedly Methodist parents, though they appear to have belonged originally to the dissenting chapel in Dukinfield until joining the Moravians in 1738. ...


Wiffen, Benjamin Barron (1794–1867), biographer, the second son of John Wiffen (1761–1802), ironmonger, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Pattison (1761–1841), was born at Woburn, Bedfordshire, on 28 October 1794. His elder brother was Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen (1792–1836), whom he followed to the Friends' school, Ackworth...