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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 ...

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Saunders, John (1811–1895), writer and editor, born at Barnstaple, Devon, on 2 August 1811, was probably the son of John Saunders and his wife, Sarah Northcote, both of Exeter, of whom little is known. Saunders was self-educated and seems to have been left to fend for himself from as early as nine years old. The early 1830s found him living in ...

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Seaman, Sir Owen, baronet (1861–1936), journal editor and satirist, was born on 18 September 1861 above his father's artificial-flower shop at 199 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, the second of the three children and only son of William Mantle Seaman (1838–1893) of Suffolk, a nonconformist and a successful dressmaker and businessman, and his wife, ...

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Clifford Dyce Sharp (1883–1935) by unknown photographer © reserved; New Statesman and Society; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sharp, Clifford Dyce (1883–1935), journalist and journal editor, was born on 21 October 1883 at White Post House, Redhill, Surrey, the son of William Sharp, a solicitor, and his wife, Harriot Luisa Dyce. He had a stern nonconformist upbringing, and after attending St Lawrence College...