You are looking at  1-20 of 663 articles  for:

  • Writing and publishing x
  • Gender: Male x
Clear All

Article

Abbott, George (1604–1649), writer and politician, was born in 1604 and baptized on 13 March at St Mary Bishophill Junior, York, the son of George Abbott (d. 1607) of York and Joan, the daughter of Aleyn Penkeston. Both Abbott's father and grandfather ...

Article

Adams, William Edwin [pseuds. Caractacus, Ironside, Uncle Toby] (1832–1906), radical and journalist, was born in humble circumstances in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 11 February 1832, the son of John Adams, a tramping plasterer, and his wife, Sarah, née Wells. He was raised by his widowed maternal grandmother, ...

Article

Addison, Joseph (1672–1719), writer and politician, was born on 1 May 1672 at the rectory, Milston, a hamlet north of Amesbury in Wiltshire, the son of Lancelot Addison (1632–1703) and his wife, Jane, née Gulston (c.1635?–1684). His father was at that time vicar of ...

Article

Aitken, William Maxwell, first Baron Beaverbrook (1879–1964), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born on 25 May 1879 at the manse, Vaughan, Maple, Ontario, Canada. He was the third son and fifth member of a family of ten children, whose father, William Cuthbert Aitken (1834–1913)...

Image

William Maxwell Aitken, first Baron Beaverbrook (1879–1964) by Walter Sickert, 1935 © The Beaverbrook Foundation; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Article

Alexander, William, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640), poet and politician, was born probably at Menstrie Castle in Clackmannanshire, the only son (there were four daughters) of Alexander Alexander (d. 1581) and Marion, daughter of Gilbert Graham of Gartavertane. His descent has been traced from the lords of the ...

Image

William Alexander, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Article

Amery, Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett (1873–1955), politician and journalist, was born on 22 November 1873 at Gorakhpur in the North-Western Provinces of India, the eldest of the three sons of Charles Frederick Amery (1833–1901), of Lustleigh in Devon, an official in the Indian ...

Image

Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery (1873–1955) by Sir James Gunn, 1942 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Article

Amhurst, Nicholas (1697–1742), satirist and political writer, was born on 16 October 1697 at Marden, Kent, the first son of Edward Amhurst (bap. 1665, d. 1713), grazier, and grandson of George Amhurst, rector of Marden. His mother, Martha, née Simmonds (1664–1699), died before he was two years old. He was educated at ...

Image

Charles Freer Andrews (1871–1940) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Article

Andrews, Charles Freer (1871–1940), author and campaigner for Indian independence, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 12 February 1871, the second son of John Edwin Andrews, minister in the Catholic Apostolic (or Irvingite) church, and his second wife, Mary Charlotte Cartwright (1840–1914)...

Article

Andrews, Miles Peter (1742–1814), playwright and politician, the second son of William John Andrews, a drysalter in Watling Street, London, and his wife, Kerthrine, was baptized at St Antholin, London, on 5 October 1742. He was educated in Utrecht in the Netherlands, and intended for foreign business at ...

Article

Anglin, Timothy Warren (1822–1896), journalist and politician in Canada, was born on 31 August 1822 in Myrtle Grove, Clonakilty, co. Cork, Ireland, the son of Francis Anglin (d. 1875), a landowner and an employee of the East India Company, and Anne (or Joanna) Warren (...

Article

Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

Image

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888) by George Frederic Watts, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Article

Ascham, Anthony (bap. 1614, d. 1650), diplomat and pamphleteer, was baptized on 6 March 1614 in Boston, Lincolnshire, the son of Thomas and Cicilly (d. 1634) Ascham or Ascombe. Little is known of his parents, though Allen states he was descended of the same family as ...

Article

Ashby, George (b. before 1385?, d. 1475), administrator and poet, was of unknown origins. Many of the details of his life have to be deduced from his surviving poems, but they are borne out by record evidence. In 'The Active Policy of a Prince'...

Image

(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley (1836–1907) by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward), pubd 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Article

Ashley, (Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne (1836–1907), politician and biographer, born in London on 24 July 1836, was the fourth son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801–1885), politician and social reformer, and his wife, Emily (1810–1872), daughter of Peter Leopold Cowper, fifth Earl Cowper...