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Byrom, John (1692–1763), poet and creator of a system of shorthand, was born on 29 February 1692 at Kersall Cell, Broughton, near Manchester, the second son of Edward Byrom (d. 1711), merchant, and his wife, Sarah Allen. The Byrom family were well known in the district: the ...

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Pitman, Sir Isaac (1813–1897), deviser of a system of shorthand writing, was born on 4 January 1813 at 3–4 Timbrell Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Pitman (1787–1863), manager of a weaving mill, and his wife, Maria Pitman, ...