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Birkbeck, George (1776–1841), physician and educationist, was born in Settle, Yorkshire, on 10 January 1776, the second son in the family of four sons and one daughter of William Birkbeck (1745–1805), a Quaker merchant, manufacturer, and banker, and his wife, Sarah (1750–1790), daughter of ...

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William Benham

Reviser M. C. Curthoys

Clark, Samuel (1810–1875), educationist, the youngest of ten children of Joseph and Fanny Clark, was born at Southampton on 19 May 1810. His father, a prosperous brush and basket maker of the town, was a member of the Society of Friends. Samuel was brought up a strict Quaker. One of his earliest recollections was of being patted on the head by ...

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Samuel Clark (1810–1875) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. J. Holyoake

Reviser M. C. Curthoys

Edmondson, George (1798–1863), educationist, was born in Lancaster on 8 September 1798, the son of John and Jane Edmondson, trunk manufacturers. His parents were Quakers, and he spent his early years entirely among Quakers, and always belonged to the Society. He had a gift for mechanical invention, shared by his brother ...

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Gittins, John Stanley (1910–1996), educationist, was born on 1 March 1910 in Hinckley, Leicestershire, the son of Albert Harold Gittins (1886–1943), a manager of the Co-operative Society, and his wife, Lily, née King (1883–1917). He was educated at Hinckley grammar school (1920–27); University College, Leicester...

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Jeffery, George Barker (1891–1957), mathematician and educationist, was born in Lambeth, London on 9 May 1891, the son of George Jeffery, corresponding clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth McDonald McKenzie. He was educated at Strand School, King's College, London, and Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell...

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Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838) by John Hazlitt, c. 1818 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lancaster, Joseph (1778–1838), educationist, was born in Kent Street, Southwark, London, on 25 November 1778, the youngest son of Richard Lancaster (1742–1821) a former soldier working as a cane sieve maker. Joseph's mother, Sarah Lancaster, née Faulkes (d. 1811), who had borne ten children, kept a small shop near ...

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Rowntree, Joseph (1801–1859), educationist, was born on 10 June 1801 at Scarborough, the sixth of the seven children of the Quakers John Rowntree (1757–1827), a master mariner, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Lotherington (1764–1835). He was educated at a school for the sons of Friends at ...

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Tanner, Frederick Arthur [Robin] (1904–1988), etcher and educationist, was born on 17 April 1904 at 5 Ryde Road, Knowle, Bristol, the third son of six children of Sydney Albert Tanner, journeyman carpenter, and Emily Annie, formerly Baker, a housemaid from Kington Langley, Wiltshire...

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Percy Corder

Reviser H. C. G. Matthew

Watson, Robert Spence (1837–1911), politician and educationist, born at 8 Claremont Place, Gateshead, on 6 June 1837, was the eldest son in a family of five sons and seven daughters of Joseph Watson of Bensham Grove, Gateshead, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of ...