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Adam, Alexander (1741–1809), schoolmaster and classical scholar, was born on 24 June 1741 at Coats of Burgie, a small farm in the parish of Rafford, Moray, the youngest child of the large family of John Adam (d. 1758), tenant farmer, and Christian Watson...

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Arnold, Thomas (1823–1900), literary scholar and teacher, was born on 30 November 1823 at Laleham, Middlesex, the third of the nine surviving children of Dr Thomas Arnold (1795–1842), schoolmaster and clergyman, and his wife, Mary, née Penrose (1791–1873), youngest daughter of the Revd John Penrose...

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Beasley [née James], (Catherine) Eileen (1921–2012), teacher and Welsh-language campaigner, was born on 4 April 1921 at Pen-y-bryn, Henllan Amgoed, Carmarthenshire, the daughter of David John James, farmer, and his wife, Mary Winifred, née Williams. Pen-y-bryn was her maternal grandparents' home, and she was raised on her parents' farm, ...

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Boucher, Jonathan (1738–1804), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born on 12 March 1738 in Cumberland to James Boucher, schoolmaster and manager of an alehouse, and Anne Barnes, both descendants of Norman aristocracy whose family had fallen on hard times. Although a poor businessman, ...

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Bradley, George Granville (1821–1903), dean of Westminster and schoolmaster, born at High Wycombe on 11 December 1821, was the fourth son of Charles Bradley (1789–1871) and his first wife, Catherine Shepherd (d. 1831). The literary scholar A. C. Bradley and the philosopher ...

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Browning, Oscar (1837–1923), teacher and historian, was born on 17 January 1837 at 8 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, third son of William Shipton Browning (d. 1853), distiller, of Smithfield, and his wife, Mariana Margaret (1799–1889), daughter of Thomas Bridge (1772–1858), captain in the ...

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Bullar, John (1778–1864), schoolmaster and campaigner for liberal causes, was born on 27 January 1778 in the parish of Holy Rood, Southampton, probably at 95/96 High Street, the son of John Bullar (1744–1836), peruke maker and hairdresser of Southampton High Street, and his wife, ...

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Burney, Charles (1757–1817), schoolmaster and book collector, was born on 4 December 1757 in King's Lynn, the fifth surviving child and second surviving son of Dr Charles Burney (1726–1814), music historian, and his first wife, Esther Sleepe (1723–1762). His siblings included the writers ...

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Canton, John (bap. 1718, d. 1772), experimental philosopher and schoolmaster, was born at Stroud, Gloucestershire, and baptized in the old chapel there on 31 July 1718, the son of John Canton, a broadcloth weaver. He was expected to follow his father's trade, and left school early to start an apprenticeship. He persisted with his studies in the evenings, however, and his father was eventually persuaded to allow him to go to ...

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Cary [née Shadd], Mary Ann Camberton (1823–1893), schoolmistress, newspaper editor, and political activist, was born on 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, eldest of thirteen children of Abraham Doras Shadd (1801–1882), a shoemaker, and his wife, Harriet Parnell (1806–1880). Free African Americans in a slave state, prominent in the anti-slavery and negro convention movements, her family moved to ...

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Corbet [other married name Campbell], Freda Künzlen (1900–1993), teacher and politician, was born at 67 Trinity Road, Tooting, London, on 15 November 1900, the eldest of the three children of Adolf Frederic Hermann Künzlen, a commercial clerk and later an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Cory, William Johnson (1823–1892), poet and schoolmaster, was born William Johnson at Torrington, Devon, on 9 January 1823, the second son of Charles William Johnson, formerly an indigo planter in India, and his wife, Theresa, daughter of the Revd Peter Wellington Furse of ...

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Dickinson, Thorold Barron (1903–1984), film director and teacher, was born on 16 November 1903 in Bristol, the son of the Ven. Charles Henry Dickinson (1871–1930), archdeacon of Bristol, and his wife, Beatrice Vindhya. He was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, and at Keble College, Oxford...

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Fish, Elizabeth Mary Jane (1860–1944), schoolteacher, was born at 83 North Woodside Road, Glasgow, on 22 December 1860, the daughter of William Fish, a city missionary, and his wife, Jane McNaughton. Her schooling took place at Sharp's Institution in Perth, where her parents had married and where her father was chaplain. She returned to ...

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Hare, Mary Adelaide (1865–1945), teacher of the deaf and campaigner for women's suffrage, was born at 29 Fortess Terrace, Kentish Town, London, on 3 November 1865, daughter of Thomas Matthews Hare (1825/6–1884), an engineering draughtsman, and his wife, Adelaide, ...

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Havergal, (Grace) Beatrix Helen (1901–1980), horticulturist and teacher, was born on 7 July 1901 at Roydon Manor House near Bressingham, Norfolk, the second of three children of the Revd Clement Havergal (1858–1941), vicar of Bressingham, and his wife, Eveline Mary Barrett (1869–1931). The children had a happy life despite friction between their father, an eccentric and repressive character, and their artistic and romantic mother. In 1902 the family moved to ...

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Heinemann, Margot Claire (1913–1992), writer and teacher, was born on 18 November 1913 at 89 Priory Road, Hampstead, London, the second daughter of Meyer Max Heinemann, a merchant banker, and Selma Schott, a non-Orthodox Jewish couple recently immigrated from Frankfurt, Germany. An only brother was born four years later. ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by C. A. Creffield

Hill, Thomas Wright (1763–1851), schoolmaster, was born in Kidderminster on 24 April 1763. He was the son of James Hill, a baker and dealer in horse-corn, and his second wife, Sarah, who was the daughter of a Kidderminster apothecary named John Symonds. His forefathers for three generations had been freeholders and tradesmen of ...

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C. H. Lees

revised by Christopher F. Lindsey

Hughes, David Edward (1829/31–1900), teacher and telegraph engineer, was born either on 18 June 1829 or on 16 May 1831 at Corwen, near Bala, Merioneth, or in Holborn, London, the second son in the family of three sons and one daughter of David Hughes...

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Hutton, Alexander Watson (1853–1936), schoolteacher and football administrator, was born at 29 Eglinton Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, on 10 June 1853, the son of Robert Hutton (1821–1855), and his wife, Ellen, née Watson (1822–1858). His parents were grocers from Fife, who migrated first to ...