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Ackerley, Joe Randolph (1896–1967), writer and literary editor, was born on 4 November 1896 at 4 Warmington Road, Herne Hill, south London, the younger son and second of the three children of Alfred Roger Ackerley (1863–1929), fruit importer, of London, and his mistress, ...

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Angel, Moses (1817/18–1898), headmaster and journal editor, was one of the eleven children of Emmanuel Moses (d. 1841), a publican, and his wife, Sarah. At some stage he transposed his name from Angel Moses to Moses Angel, probably in 1839 when his father was convicted at the ...

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Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birchall (1841–1879), lecturer on philosophy and journal editor, was born on 16 March 1841, at Reading, the second son of the Revd Robert Appleton (1801–1875) and his wife, Mary Ann Elizabeth Hoblyn (1801–1874), daughter of the Revd ...

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Armstrong, Terence Ian Fitton [pseud. John Gawsworth] (1912–1970), poet and journal editor, was born at 97 Gunterstone Road, Kensington, London, on 29 June 1912, the younger of the two children of Frederic Percy Armstrong (1877–1943), colonial broker, and his wife, Ethel Laura Jackson (1878–1947)...

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Aspland, Robert (1782–1845), Unitarian minister and journal editor, was born on 23 January 1782 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, the only surviving child of Robert Aspland (bap. 1746, d. 1804), the village shopkeeper, and his second wife, Hannah Brook (1751–1816) of nearby ...

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Aston, Trevor Henry (1925–1985), historian and editor, was born at 24 Gowan Avenue, Fulham, London, on 14 June 1925, the first child of Oliver John Aston (1899–1969), an ironmonger's assistant, and his wife, Florence May Woods (1900–1986). Soon after the birth of Trevor's...

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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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Beard, Charles (1827–1888), Unitarian minister, scholar, and journal editor, was born at Higher Broughton, Manchester, on 27 July 1827, the eldest son of John Relly Beard (1800–1876), Unitarian minister at Salford, and his wife, Mary Barnes (1802–1887). Educated at his father's school, he studied at ...

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Biggs, Charles Henry Walker (1845–1923), technical journalist and journal editor, was born Charles Henry Biggs on 23 May 1845 in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, the son of Elizabeth Walker Biggs and an unknown father. He was probably educated in Reading. According to one obituary he soon showed a technical bent for '...

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Blackwood, John (1818–1879), publisher and journal editor, was born on 7 December 1818 at Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, the sixth son of Janet Steuart (1779–1849) and the publisher William Blackwood (1776–1834). Educated at Edinburgh high school (1826–31), the alma mater of Walter Scott, and at the ...

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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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Boyne, (Donald Arthur) Colin Aydon (1921–2006), architectural journalist and editor, was born on 15 February 1921 at Holnest, Farway, Honiton, Devon, the only child of Captain Lytton Leonard Boyne (b. 1887), formerly of the 3rd Royal Sussex regiment, and his wife, Millicent, ...

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Brett, Edwin John (1828–1895), journal editor and publisher, was born in White Horse Lane, Canterbury, the son of Thomas Brett (c.1777–1867), British army officer, and his wife, Mary. At fourteen he was apprenticed to a watchmaker, but soon moved to London...

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Sir Percy William Bunting (1836–1911) by unknown photographer, pubd 1910 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bunting, Sir Percy William (1836–1911), social reformer and journal editor, born on 1 February 1836 at Ratcliffe, near Manchester, was only son of Thomas Percival Bunting and his wife, Eliza Bealey. Bunting's father, third son of Jabez Bunting, was a solicitor in Manchester...

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Campbell, John (1795–1867), Congregational minister and journal editor, only child of Alexander Campbell, surgeon, was born on 5 October 1795 at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire. He was educated at local schools then went to sea, but he deserted his ship at Fakenham, Norfolk, and walked home. He then worked as a blacksmith in ...

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Carnell, Edward John (1912–1972), science fiction writer, journal editor, and literary agent, was born on 8 April 1912 in Plumstead, London, the only child of William John Carnell, a charge hand who worked at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, and his wife, Louisa Woollett...

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Cartwright, Albert (1868–1956), journalist and newspaper and magazine editor, was born at 14 Orvil Street, Hulme, Lancashire on 25 December 1868, the son of Thomas Cartwright (1837/8–1923), stationer and bookseller, and his wife, Annie, née Jackson (1842–1914). After attending school in Davyhulme he emigrated to ...

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Clegg, Hugh Anthony (1900–1983), journal editor, was born on 19 June 1900 at St Ives, Huntingdonshire, the third in the family of four sons and three daughters of the Revd John Clegg, headmaster of the local grammar school, and his wife, Gertrude, daughter of ...