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Cahill, Daniel William (1796–1864), Roman Catholic priest and public lecturer, was born on 28 November 1796 at Arless, in Queen's county, Ireland, the youngest of the three sons of Daniel Cahill (c.1754–1836), a civil engineer and allegedly a participant in the rebellion of 1798, and his wife, ...

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Ferguson, James (1710–1776), lecturer on natural philosophy and inventor of scientific instruments, was born on 25 April 1710 at Core of Mayen, Rothiemay, Banffshire, the second of at least six children of John Ferguson, a farmworker renting a smallholding, and his wife, Elspeth Lobban...

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Harris, John (c. 1666–1719), writer and lecturer on science, was reportedly the son of Edward Harris, or possibly Fitzharris (c.1648–1681), an army lieutenant. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, as a scholar in 1683, and graduated BA in 1686 and MA at ...

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Katterfelto, Gustavus (d. 1799), itinerant popular lecturer, claimed to have been born in Prussia of a military family (Norfolk Chronicle) and to have travelled widely in Europe. He probably lived continuously in England from at least 1777, when he lectured in ...

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Lardner, Dionysius (1793–1859), writer on science and public lecturer, was born on 3 April 1793 in Dublin, the son of William Lardner (d. 1808), a solicitor.

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Martin, Benjamin (bap. 1705, d. 1782), lecturer on science and maker of scientific instruments, was baptized at Worplesdon, Surrey, on 1 March 1705, the third son of John Martin (d. 1731) of Broadstreet, who farmed near Worplesdon, and his wife, Jane. Nothing is known about his childhood; it is presumed that he spent his youth working on the land, during which period he acquired (apparently through extensive reading) knowledge of a wide range of subjects. In his late twenties he established a school at ...

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Petzold, Gertrude von (1876–1952), Unitarian minister and public lecturer, was born in Thorn, East Prussia, of aristocratic ancestry. Her father was an officer in the Prussian army, while her mother instructed her thoroughly in the Lutheran catechism. After teacher training at a seminary, she soon became impatient of the limited opportunities afforded to women in ...

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Shaw, (George William) Hudson (1859–1944), Church of England clergyman and public lecturer, was born on 6 August 1859 at 2 Spencer Villas, Francis Street, Potter Newton, Leeds, first child of Edward Walker Shaw (1824–1871), civil engineer, and Margaret Helen Hudson (1833–1913). Shaw's father died young, leaving the family in difficulties. When his mother, now remarried, emigrated to ...

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Smith, Albert Richard (1816–1860), author, public lecturer, and mountaineer, was born on 24 May 1816 at Chertsey, Surrey, the son of Richard Smith (d. 1857), surgeon, and his wife, Maria. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, London (1826–31), and at Middlesex Hospital...

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Sturgeon, William (1783–1850), electrician and scientific lecturer, was born on 22 May 1783 at Whittington, Lancashire, near Kirkby Lonsdale, the only son of John Sturgeon, shoemaker, and his wife, Betsy Adcock (d. 1793), the daughter of a small shopkeeper. All accounts of his father, who had migrated from ...

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Thelwall, John (1764–1834), political reformer and lecturer, was born on 27 July 1764 at Chandos Street, Covent Garden, the son of Joseph Thelwall (1731–1772), a silk mercer. He was a sickly child, suffering from asthma and a tendency to stammer. After his father's death his mother continued the silk business, and in 1777 ...