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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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Baron, Richard (d. 1768), literary editor and political writer, was born at Leeds, and educated at Glasgow University between October 1737 and May 1740. He left with a testimonial signed by Francis Hutcheson and Robert Simpson. Baron became a friend of Thomas Gordon...

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William Blackwood (1836–1912) by William Logsdail © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackwood, William (1836–1912), literary editor and publisher, was born on 13 July 1836 at Lucknow, India, eldest son of Major William Blackwood (1810–1861) and Emma Moore. In 1842 he was sent back to the family home in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, to begin his education at the ...

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Dillingham, William (c. 1617–1689), Latin poet and anthologist, was the eldest of the three sons of Thomas Dillingham (d. 1647), rector of Barnwell All Saints, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Dorothy. On 22 April 1636 he was admitted sizar of the puritan foundation of ...

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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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Heminges, John (bap. 1566, d. 1630), editor of Shakespeare's first folio, was baptized on 25 November 1566 at St Peter de Witton, Droitwich, Worcestershire, the son of George Heminges. In 1578 his father sent him to London to serve an apprenticeship, and on 2 February, Candlemas, his master ...

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Hill, George Birkbeck Norman (1835–1903), writer and editor of Boswell's Life of Johnson, was born on 7 June 1835 at Bruce Castle, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, Middlesex, the second son of Arthur Hill (b. 1798), schoolmaster, and Ellen Tilt, née Maurice (1807–1839). Hill's...

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Niccols, Richard (1583/4–1616), poet and literary editor, was, according to Anthony Wood, born in London, of genteel parents. He may have been the son of Richard Niccols (d. 1613), a lawyer of the Inner Temple, who wrote A Day Starre for Darke Wandring Soules: Shewing the Light by a Christian Controversie...

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Platts, John (1775–1837), Unitarian minister and compiler of reference works, was born at Boston, Lincolnshire. For seven or eight years he officiated as a Calvinist minister there, but then became a Unitarian. Ordained by Charles Wellbeloved and Robert Aspland, he ministered at Spain Lane Chapel...