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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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Belzoni, Giovanni Battista (1778–1823), performing artist and Egyptologist, was born on 5 November 1778 in Padua, the son of a barber, Giacomo Belzoni, and his wife, Teresa. He went to Rome aged sixteen to prepare himself for monastic orders; he claimed also to have studied hydraulics. The French invasion of ...

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Edwards, Amelia Ann Blanford (1831–1892), author and Egyptologist, was born in Colebrook Row, Islington, London, on 7 June 1831, the only child of Thomas Edwards (1786–1860), a half-pay army officer who later worked for the Provincial Bank of Ireland in London, and Alicia Walpole (...

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Haliburton [Haleburton; formerly Burton], James (1788–1862), Egyptologist, was born on 22 September 1788 at Crescent Place, Bloomsbury, London, the fourth of the twelve children of James Burton (1761–1837), a successful speculative builder, and Elizabeth (1761–1837), daughter of John Westley of Loughton, Essex, and his wife, ...

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Herbert, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux, fifth earl of Carnarvon (1866–1923), sportsman and Egyptologist, was born at Highclere Castle, near Newbury, Berkshire, on 26 June 1866, the only son of Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, fourth earl of Carnarvon (1831–1890), Conservative politician, and his first wife, ...

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Murray, Margaret Alice (1863–1963), Egyptologist and folklorist, was born in Calcutta on 13 July 1863, the younger daughter of James Charles Murray (d. 1891) and his wife, Margaret Carr (d. 1913?). James Murray, whose family had been in India for several generations, was managing partner of a firm of ...

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Petrie, Sir (William Matthew) Flinders (1853–1942), Egyptologist, was born at Ecclesbourne Cottage, Maryon Road, Charlton, near Greenwich, on 3 June 1853, the only child of William Petrie (1821–1908) and his wife, Anne (1812–1892), the daughter of Captain Matthew Flinders RN, the navigator and explorer of ...

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Poole, (Reginald) Stuart (1832–1895), numismatist and Egyptologist, born in London on 27 February 1832, was the younger son of Edward Richard Poole (c.1805–1884), bibliophile and vicar of Alvaston, Derbyshire (1846–84), and Sophia Lane Poole (1804–1891), sister of Edward William Lane. From July 1842 to October 1849 he lived with his mother and her brother in ...

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Wilkinson, Sir John Gardner (1797–1875), Egyptologist, born on 5 October 1797, probably at Little Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire, and baptized at Chelsea, London, on 17 January 1798, was the only surviving child of the Revd John Wilkinson and his wife, Mary Anne, daughter of the ...