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Berlin, Sir Isaiah (1909–1997), philosopher and historian of ideas, was born on 6 June 1909 in Riga, Latvia, then part of the Russian empire, the son of Mendel Borisovitch Berlin (1884–1953), a prosperous timber merchant whose main business was supplying wooden sleepers for the Russian railways, and his wife, ...

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Collingwood, Robin George (1889–1943), philosopher and historian, was born on 22 February 1889 at Cartmel Fell, Lancashire, the only son and third of the four children of William Gershom Collingwood (1854–1932) and his wife, Edith Mary (1857–1928), daughter of Thomas Isaac, corn merchant, of ...

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Ferguson, Adam (1723–1816), philosopher and historian, was born on 20 June 1723 in the village of Logierait, Perthshire, the youngest of nine children born to Adam Fergusson (1672–1754), the parish minister, and his wife, Mary (b. c.1680), daughter of Patrick Gordon...

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Hume, David (1711–1776), philosopher and historian, was born in Edinburgh, probably in the family's home in the Lawnmarket, on 26 April 1711. He was the second son and third child of Joseph Home of Ninewells (1681–1713), landowner and advocate, and Katherine Falconer (1683–1745)...

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Rashdall, Hastings (1858–1924), moral philosopher, theologian, and historian, was born at 34 St George's Road, Kensington, London, on 24 June 1858, the eldest child of the Revd John Rashdall (d. 1869?), incumbent of Eaton Chapel, Eaton Square, London, and afterwards (1864–9) of ...