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Sheridan, Thomas (1719?–1788), actor and orthoepist, was probably born in early 1719, though no records of birth or baptism have been found. His father, Dr Thomas Sheridan (1687–1738), was by then running a highly regarded school at his house in Capel Street, Dublin...

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Walker, John (1732–1807), elocutionist, orthoepist, and lexicographer, was born on 18 March 1732 at Colney Heath, a hamlet in the parish of Friern Barnet, Middlesex, on the eastern side of Finchley Common. Nothing is known about his father, except that he died when ...