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Baddam, Benjamin (c. 1693–1740?), printer and compiler of the Memoirs of the Royal Society, was the eldest of three children of Benjamin Baddam (1670–1700/01), free of the Glaziers' Company in 1692, who married Elizabeth Palmer (1672–1701×16), daughter of John Palmer, a dyer, at ...

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William Blackwood (1776–1834) by Sir William Allan, 1830? Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Blackwood, William (1776–1834), publisher and founder of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, was born in Edinburgh on 20 November 1776, the second son of Alexander Blackwood (1736–1802), descended from a family of silk mercers, and Janet Drysdale. On finishing his formal education at the age of fourteen, ...

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Doran, John (1807–1878), writer and literary editor, was born on 11 March 1807 in London, of Irish parentage. His father, John Doran, of Drogheda, co. Louth, left Ireland after the suppression of the rising in 1798, and settled in London, where he became a business contractor. In the course of his work he was captured by the French and detained in ...

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Albany William Fonblanque (1793–1872) by Alfred, Count D'Orsay, 1838 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fonblanque, Albany William (1793–1872), political journalist and journal editor, was born in London, the third and youngest son of John Fonblanque (1759–1837), distinguished lawyer and MP for Camelford (1802–6), who in 1828 changed his surname by royal licence to de Grenier Fonblanque, and ...