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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...

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Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone (1909–1991), Celtic scholar, was born on 1 November 1909 at Melville, Lavender Vale, Beddington, Surrey, the younger child of Alan Stuart Jackson (1877–1964), stockbroker, and his wife, Lucy Jane, née Hurlstone (1879–1970). While his father's family included clerics and civil servants, his mother's contained several artists, notably ...

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Jones, Sir John Morris- (1864–1929), Welsh scholar and poet, was born at Trefor, Llandrygarn, Anglesey, on 17 October 1864, the eldest son of Morris Jones (d. 1879) and his wife, Elizabeth Roberts, shopkeepers, both originally of Llanrug, Caernarvonshire. When he was three years old his parents moved to ...

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MacNeill, Eoin [John] (1867–1945), Irish nationalist and Celtic scholar, was born at Glenarm, co. Antrim, on 15 May 1867, the fourth son and sixth of nine children of Archibald MacNeill (1822–1889), baker, sailor, and merchant, and his wife, Rosetta Macauley (1847/8–1918). James McNeill...

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Ó Fiaich, Tomás Seamus (1923–1990), scholar and cardinal, was born on 3 November 1923 at Annamore, Cullyhanna, parish of Lower Creggan, co. Armagh, the second of two sons of Patrick Fee (1882–1964), schoolteacher, and his wife, Annie (1891–1932), also a schoolteacher, daughter of ...

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Pentreath [later Jeffery], Dorothy [Dolly] (bap. 1692, d. 1777), native Cornish speaker, was born at Mousehole, Paul parish, Cornwall, and baptized on 16 May 1692. She was the second of six children of Nicholas Pentreath, a fisherman, and his second wife, Jone...

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John Fraser

revised by Mari A. Williams

Rhŷs [formerly Rees], Sir John (1840–1915), Celtic scholar, was born John Rees at Aberceiro-fach, Ponterwyd, Cardiganshire, on 21 June 1840, the eldest son of Hugh Rees (d. 1886), a farmer and lead miner, and his wife, Jane Mason (d. 1863)...

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A. J. G. Mackay

revised by W. D. H. Sellar

Skene, William Forbes (1809–1892), historian and Celtic scholar, the second of seven children of James Skene (1775–1864) of Rubislaw, near Aberdeen, and Jane (1787–1862), daughter of Sir William Forbes, sixth baronet, of Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, was born on 7 June 1809 at Inverie, Kincardineshire...

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Williams, Sir Thomas Herbert Parry- (1887–1975), Welsh scholar and writer, was born at Tŷ'r Ysgol, Rhyd-ddu, Caernarvonshire on 21 September 1887, the second child and eldest son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Henry Parry-Williams (1858–1925), schoolmaster at Rhyd-ddu...