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Ablett, Noah (1883–1935), miners' leader and adult educator, was born on 4 October 1883 in Ynys-hir, near Porth, Rhondda, Glamorgan, the tenth of eleven children of John Ablett, miner, and his wife, Jane, née Williams. Educated at Ferndale higher grade school, he was a boy preacher. He followed his father and elder brothers and started work in the ...

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Bonwick, James (1817–1906), educationist and historian, was born on 8 July 1817 at Lingfield, Surrey, the eldest son of James Bonwick, a former small farmer who had left the land to become a carpenter, and his wife, Mary née Preston. Educated at the ...

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Laurie, James Stuart (1832–1904), educationist, was born in Edinburgh on 21 September 1832, younger son of James Laurie, chaplain to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Simon Somerville, United Presbyterian minister at Elgin. Simon Somerville Laurie (1829–1909), later professor of education at ...

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Lethaby, William Richard (1857–1931), educationist and architect, was born at Grosvenor Street, Barnstaple, on 18 January 1857, the only son and youngest of two children of Richard Pyle Lethaby (d. c.1904), of Barnstaple, and his wife, Mary Rowe Crago (d...

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Thomas, David (1880–1967), educationist and socialist, was born on 16 July 1880 at Quarry Cottage, Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire, the son of David Thomas, a mason and farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Jones. He was educated locally and briefly attended Oswestry grammar school before finding work in a draper's shop. In 1895 he became a pupil teacher in the ...

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Woodward, Hezekiah (1591/2–1675), educationist and divine, was born in Worcestershire, the youngest of nine children. Like most educational reformers, Woodward was critical of his own upbringing. According to the autobiographical details in his 'Of the child's portion' (1640), published in A Sons Patrimony and a Daughters Portion...