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(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley (1836–1907) by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward), pubd 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne (1836–1907), politician and biographer, born in London on 24 July 1836, was the fourth son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885), politician and social reformer, and his wife, Emily (1810–1872), daughter of Peter Leopold Cowper, fifth Earl Cowper...

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Baggerley, Humphrey (fl. 1648–1654), army officer and supposed biographer, was among the troops who on 9 October 1648 surrendered at Appleby, Westmorland, to superior parliamentarian forces under Colonel Assheton. The royalist soldiers were granted very generous terms and, having been allowed his freedom, ...

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Barnard, John (bap. 1628, d. 1683), biographer, was baptized on 10 November 1628 at Caistor, Lincolnshire, one of ten children of John Barnard (d. 1663), JP and attorney, and his wife, Isabell (bap. 1605, d. in or after 1670), daughter of ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Bingham, Peregrine (1754–1826), biographer and poet, was the second son of George Bingham (1715–1800), rector for fifty-two years of Pimperne, Dorset, and Sarah Beale (d. 1756). He was educated at Winchester College, before matriculating at New College, Oxford on 15 March 1771. He was admitted as a scholar there on 31 August 1772, and he proceeded BCL on 7 July 1780. He was a fellow of ...

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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 ...

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Blomberg, William Nicolas (1702/3–1750), biographer and Church of England clergyman, was the son of Charles John, Baron Blomberg, a nobleman of the duchy of Courland resident in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the physician Edmund Dickinson...

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Boyle, John, fifth earl of Cork and fifth earl of Orrery (1707–1762), biographer, was born in Glasshouse Street, London, on 2 January 1707. He was the only son of Charles Boyle, fourth earl of Orrery (1674–1731), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Cecil (...

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Humphrey William Bouverie Carpenter (1946–2005) by Mark Gerson, 2003 © Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carpenter, Humphrey William Bouverie (1946–2005), author, broadcaster, and musician, was born on 29 April 1946 at the Radcliffe Maternity Home, Oxford, the only child of Harry James Carpenter (1901–1993), warden of Keble College and later bishop of Oxford, and his wife, Urith Monica, ...

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Cassan, Stephen Hyde (1789–1841), ecclesiastical biographer, son of Stephen Cassan, barrister, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Captain Charles Mears, was born at Calcutta, where his father was sheriff. He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, from May 1811 and took his BA degree on 14 January 1815. He received deacon's orders on 26 March 1816, and was ordained priest in 1817. While curate of ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Cayley, Arthur (1776–1848), biographer, was the son of Arthur Cayley and his wife, Anne Eleanor Shultz, and nephew of Sir George Cayley, bt, of Brompton, Yorkshire. He was educated at Mr Robert's school, Wandsworth, then entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1792, where he received a scholarship in 1794 and graduated BA in 1796 as fourth wrangler. He was said to have been refused a fellowship on account of his political opinions. When the ...

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Alexander Chalmers (1759–1834) by Richard James Lane, 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chalmers, Alexander (1759–1834), biographer and literary editor, was born on 29 March 1759 in Aberdeen and baptized that day at St Nicholas's in the city, the youngest son of James Chalmers (bap. 1713, d. 1764), printer and publisher [see under Chalmers family (per. 1736-1876)...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Chambers, John (1780–1839), biographer and antiquary, was born in London in March 1780. After receiving a good preliminary education he was placed in the office of an architect, but having inherited an ample fortune on the death of his father, he determined to devote himself to the cultivation of art and literature as an amateur. In 1806 he became a member of the ...

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Samuel Clarke (1599–1682) by Thomas Cross, 1649 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clarke, Samuel (1599–1682), clergyman, ejected minister, and biographer, was born on 10 October 1599 at Wolston, Warwickshire, the son of Hugh Clarke (d. 1634), the vicar there, and Alice Wilson of Coventry. Hugh Clarke, whom Samuel later described as 'a godly, able, faithful and painful Minister...

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A. C. Bickley

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Clogie, Alexander (1614–1698), Church of England clergyman and biographer, was born in Scotland and may have attended Trinity College, Dublin. He was admitted to holy orders by Bishop William Bedell of Kilmore in 1636 and collated to the vicarage of Dyne, co. Cavan...

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Charles Henry Cooper (1808–1866) by E. Monson, 1859 Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library