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Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birchall (1841–1879), lecturer on philosophy and journal editor, was born on 16 March 1841, at Reading, the second son of the Revd Robert Appleton (d. 1875). He was educated at Reading School, of which his father was headmaster. He matriculated at ...

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Whitwell Elwin (1816–1900) by Henry Weigall, exh. RA 1876 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elwin, Whitwell (1816–1900), Church of England clergyman and journal editor, was the third son of Marsham Elwin of Thurning, Norfolk, and his wife, Emma Louisa Whitwell. He was born at Thurning on 26 February 1816, and, after education at Paston grammar school, North Walsham...

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William Gifford (1756–1826) by John Hoppner, c. 1800 [replica] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gifford, William (1756–1826), satirist and editor, was born in April 1756 in Ashburton, Devon, the first of the two sons of Edward Gifford (d. 1767), glazier and house painter, and his wife, Elizabeth, formerly Cain (d. 1768), the daughter of a local carpenter. ...

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Hall, Samuel Carter (1800–1889), journal editor and writer, was born at Geneva barracks, co. Waterford, on 9 May 1800, the fourth of twelve children of Ann, née Kent, and Robert Hall (1753–1836). The father, a Devon man, had purchased a commission as ensign in the ...

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Hastings, Hubert de Cronin (1902–1986), editor, was born on 18 July 1902 at Spring House, Kingston Road, Merton, Surrey, the third son of Percy Hastings, proprietor of the Architectural Press and founder in 1896 of the Architectural Review, and Lilian Julie Bass. He was educated at ...

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Hood, Thomas [Tom] [known as Thomas Hood the younger] (1835–1874), humorist and journal editor, was born on 19 January 1835 at Lake House, Wanstead, Essex, the son of the poet and humorist Thomas Hood (1799–1845) and his wife, Jane, née Reynolds (1791–1846)...

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Hunt, John Higgs (1780–1859), journal editor and translator, was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the son of Joseph and Martha Hunt. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won the Browne medal for a Latin ode (1797), graduated BA in 1801, was elected a fellow in 1803, and proceeded MA in 1804. ...

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Kempe, Harry Robert (1852–1935), electrical engineer and journal editor, was born at 12 Addison Terrace, Kensington, London, on 1 March 1852. He was the youngest in the family of four sons and one daughter of the Revd John Edward Kempe, later rector of ...

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Knox, Edmund George Valpy [pseud. Evoe] (1881–1971), writer and magazine editor, was born in Oxford on 10 May 1881, the second child and eldest son in the family of two daughters and four sons of Edmund Arbuthnott Knox (1847–1937), a fellow of ...

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Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836–1920) by Walery, c. 1890–97 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lockyer, Sir Joseph Norman (1836–1920), astronomer and journal editor, was born on 17 May 1836 at Rugby, the only son of Joseph Hooley Lockyer, surgeon-apothecary, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Edward Norman, squire of Cosford, Warwickshire. He was educated at private schools in ...

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Manning, Samuel (1821–1881), Particular Baptist minister and journal editor, was born on 26 November 1821 in Leicester. His family were well known there: his father, John Manning, was several times elected mayor, and before his conversion to Baptist principles was a churchwarden at ...

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Nevill, Samuel (bap. 1697, d. 1764), politician in America and journal editor, was baptized on 4 November 1697 at Colwich, Staffordshire, England, the son of John Nevill (bap. 1669) and his wife, Mary. He did not attend university but acquired extensive learning and literary refinement. He became well versed in law after moving to ...

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Payn, James (1830–1898), novelist and journal editor, was born on 28 February 1830 at Rodney Lodge, Rodney Terrace, Cheltenham, the second son of William Payn (1774/5–1840) and his wife, Harriet. His father, who was clerk to the River Thames commissioners, a justice of the peace, and also sometime treasurer for the county of ...

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Philpot, Joseph Charles (1802–1869), Strict and Particular Baptist minister and journal editor, was born at Ripple, Kent, on 13 September 1802, third son of Charles Philpot (1760–1823), rector of Ripple, and Maria (1772–1851), only daughter of Peter La Fargue, rector of Greatford, near ...

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Sir Bruce Lyttelton Richmond (1871–1964) by Walter Stoneman, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richmond, Sir Bruce Lyttelton (1871–1964), journal editor, was born at Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London, on 12 January 1871, the only child of Douglas Close Richmond, who became secretary of the Charity Commission and comptroller in the Exchequer and Audit Office (1900–04) and his first wife, ...

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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 ...