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Paton, Alan Stewart (1903–1988), writer, educationist, and politician, was born on 11 January 1903 at 9 Greyling Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, the oldest of the four children, two boys and two girls, of James Paton (1872–1930), a Scottish shorthand writer who had emigrated to ...


Samuel Wilderspin (1791–1866) by George T. Payne, pubd 1848 (after John Rogers Herbert) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Wilderspin, Samuel (1791–1866), educationist, was born on 23 March 1791 in Hornsey, London, the son of Alexander Wilderspin. His father, a follower of Swedenborg, was a member of the Church of the New Jerusalem, founded in London in 1787. Wilderspin was separated from his parents at the age of seven, sent to a school in ...